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Dawn Butler MP warns of the threat to supported housing in Brent

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Last week Dawn Butler MP visited two supported housing facilities in Brent Central managed by the homelessness charity St Mungos.

St Mungo’s locally provides two supported housing facilities helping people suffering from mental health difficulties as well as substance use problems. The supported housing facilities they provide ensures support for vulnerable people at high risk of homelessness.

Dawn Butler MP has warned that the government decision to reduce social housing rents and to cap housing benefit at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates puts the future of supported housing such as these, in Brent and across the country, at risk. St Mungos has also cautioned that the projected shortfall in income brought about by the cap would force them to withdraw from providing supported housing altogether. Currently, the government has delayed the decision to extend the housing benefit cap to supported housing for one year to allow for a full review of the sector.

Dawn Butler MP said:

“I am deeply concerned that these supported housing facilities are at very real risk of closure if the government extends the rent cap to supported housing. These services are a lifeline for vulnerable people and I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government calling on them to announce a full exemption from the cap for tenants in supported housing.”

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