Supported housing research project

Sitra is conducting a study to seek to identify how much supported housing is funded by Housing Benefit for people of working age in a small sample of English local authorities.

We hope to map the Housing Benefit going into rented supported housing for people of working age in these local authorities:

  • Basingstoke & Deane
  • Bradford
  • Bristol
  • Islington
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • South Gloucestershire
  • South Northamptonshire

Our study is intended to contribute to discussions within Government and the sector as to how the housing costs of supported housing could be dealt with in future. This is in the context of the national programme of welfare reform that includes the abolition of Housing Benefit, which is expected by the end of 2017.

The need to find a way forward has been highlighted strongly by the sector and recognised by Government. The Departments for Communities and Local Government, Work and Pensions and Health all welcome Sitra's involvement in building a better picture of the sector. 

The study will be conducted at the level of individual schemes or projects. No data about the benefits of identifiable individuals will be given to Sitra or gathered by us in the course of this work.

Sitra will be working with providers and commissioners of supported housing to support this important task which will contribute to decisions vital to the continued viability of specialist housing for many of England’s most vulnerable people.

The study is to be completed by the end of July 2013 and will be led for Sitra by Geoffrey Ferres and Burcu Borysik. The Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government are taking part in an advisory group overseeing the study.

You can contact Geoffrey and Burcu by email or telephone:
Geoffrey: 023 8023 0307

Burcu: 020 7793 4710