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Housing: Disadvantaged

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage housing associations to meet the needs of vulnerable tenants. (183446)

The Housing Corporation's Regulatory Code expects registered social landlords to provide vulnerable and marginalised residents with appropriate responsive housing services. They should also ensure that support and care arrangements (including liaison with other agencies) are in place, where appropriate.

The Corporation's strategic approach is set out in their “Housing for Vulnerable People: Strategy Statement”. As a result the Government, through the Corporation's affordable housing programme, have allocated £385 million during 2006-08 for housing for vulnerable people, almost doubling the investment during the previous two years.

In July 2007, the Housing Corporation produced the follow-up publication 'Investing in Independence: Housing for Vulnerable People Strategy'. This sets out how the Housing Corporation will engage with housing providers and support them in responding to the needs of vulnerable people, working in partnership with local and central government.

The Corporation is currently assessing bids for their 2008-11 affordable housing programme. They have set out in their prospectus for the programme that they expect to fund more supported housing than they did in the 2006-08 programme.