UK – A research from the Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) to better understand the scale, nature and cost of Specialised Supported Housing (SSH)

Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

To read on Mencap Charity website:

Funding supported housing for all

Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability

Specialised Supported Housing

Foreword

People with a learning disability regularly tell me about the barriers they face to living the lives they want. Central to their concerns is whether they will be able to find a home that meets their needs and enables them to live an  independent life. At the same time their families worry about how their loved one can be supported to achieve their goal of greater independence, which is a particular concern when family carers are older and want to make sure that housing and care for their loved ones is secure.

We at Mencap want to see a future where people with a learning disability have a real choice about where they live and who with, and where housing options are tailored to meet an individual’s needs and aspirations. We believe

that this will lay the foundations for greater independence and security- which is something that is really important to people with a learning disability and their families.

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Recommendations

Based on the findings in this report, Mencap recommends the following:

  1. Mencap wants to see a focus on understanding SSH as a means for greater investment into housing for people  with complex needs, at a time of rising demand. It should be seen and treated by government as an important accommodation investment model, contributing to solving the housing crisis for vulnerable people.
  2. Given the evidence of the scale and scope of SSH, the demand for and the role of SSH at local level should form a part of the proposed local authority five year supported housing plans. In order to commission SSH effectively, local authorities will need to fully understand the relative costs of SSH compared to alternative provisions and funding options.
  1. Mencap wants the government to ensure that funding for long-term supported housing enables the development and continuation of SSH, recognising the fact that SSH is a cost-effective way of providing homes in the community for those with complex needs.

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Contents

Foreword……………………………………………………………………………………………2

Executive summary…………………………………………………………………………..3

  1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….6
  2. What is Specialised Supported Housing?………………………………….6
  3. Context……………………………………………………………………………………….8
  4. Research Methodology………………………………………………………………9
  5. The profile of Specialised Supported Housing…………………………..10
  6. The cost of Specialised Supported Housing………………………………13
  7. The scale of Specialised Supported Housing across England…..16
  8. Future demand for Specialised Supported Housing………………….18
  9. Stakeholder perspectives…………………………………………………………..19
  10. The impact of living in Specialised Supported Housing…………….21
  11. Conclusions………………………………………………………………………………..25
  12. Mencap’s recommendations……………………………………………………26
  13. Appendix 1 – Statistical Data Return 2016/17…………………………..27
  14. Appendix 2 – Survey questions…………………………………………………27

Glossary……………………………………………………………………………………………..28

Read the complete report here.

 

 

 

 

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