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Sheltered Housing

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide guidance to local authorities on use by tenants in sheltered housing of individualised budgets for the employment of housing scheme managers in advance of the expected increase in take-up of direct payments in 2011. (280275)

CLG will not be providing specific guidance to local authorities to encourage tenants in sheltered housing to move to individual budgets for the employment of housing scheme managers. Individual budgets have been developed to ensure that service users are empowered to choose the service which best suit their needs framework. Also, providing guidance would not fit with the direction on devolution and increased decision making which authorities now have via the new local government framework.