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Housing: Learning Disability

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to increase the number of houses available in the West Suffolk area to enable people with learning difficulties to live independently. (253122)

Local authorities are responsible for assessing the housing needs in their particular locality in order to deliver the most appropriate housing solutions for their residents including those with specific needs.

In the East of England, based on recommendations within the Regional Housing Board investment plan, the Homes and Communities Agency has available £78.21 million from the National Affordable Housing Programme over the three years 2008-11 to fund Supported Housing Projects, which includes specialist provision for people with learning disabilities. Allocations of these funds are dependent on suitable schemes being submitted to the HCA for approval and, where necessary, supporting people funding being available through the local authority.

People with learning disabilities may also benefit from our standard HomeBuy products and through our specialist Home Ownership for People with long term disabilities (HOLD) product. HOLD enables purchasers with disabilities to select a home on the open market, in the location of their choice that is suitable for their needs and then buy it on shared ownership terms with a housing association. Interested applicants may apply through HomeBuy Agents in the usual way and will be referred to a specialist housing association provider, as necessary.