Housing Moves

How can London reinforce its supported housing?

04 July 2016

This meeting took place on 5 July 2016. Read the transcript here.

The Government is reviewing how supported housing is funded and a report on its cost is expected imminently. 

Supported housing offers vulnerable people security and choices in their accommodation; but at a considerably higher cost than housing for those with regular needs.  The outcome of the Government report has the potential to threaten the development of these properties.

Tomorrow the London Assembly Housing Committee will examine why supported housing is important to the capital, and what needs to be done to ensure housing associations and charities continue to be able to meet London’s supported housing demands.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The supply of, and need for, supported housing in London;
  • The implications of changes to rent levels and Housing Benefit; and
  • The role of the Mayor in promoting the development of supported housing in London.

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • Lee Buss, Director of Operations, Evolve Housing + Support;
  • Chris Hampson, Chief Executive, Look Ahead Care and Support;
  • Jon Lillistone, Head of Commercial, Innovation and Insight, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; and
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director of Policy, Programmes and Services, GLA Housing and Land.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 5 July from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend and the meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyHousing and #SupportedHousing

Notes to editors

  1. Andrew Boff AM, Chairman of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. See contact details below.
  2. Read the agenda and meeting papers here.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.