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Supported Housing

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on placing people in (a) sheltered accommodation and (b) accommodation with wardens. (311544)

The Department does not issue guidance to local authorities (LAs) on placing people in sheltered accommodation.

Under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, LAs have a duty to assess the needs of any person for whom the authority may provide or arrange the provision of community care services and who may be in need of such services. LAs have a further duty to decide, having regard to the results of the assessment, what, if any, services they should provide to meet the individual's needs.

These decisions should be taken in consultation with service users and/or their representatives. There are no set or defined levels of need which will automatically determine the care settings, such as sheltered accommodation, in which service users are placed.