The future funding of sheltered housing continues to be uncertain following the Government’s decision to defer a decision to restrict housing benefit payments for supported housing.
The failure to reach a long term financial settlement means that schemes could still eventually be forced to close and the development of new schemes jeopardised. Continue reading
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This blog post was contributed by Libby Archer, Research manager at Age UK.
UK Vision Strategy organises the leading annual national conference for the eye health and sight loss sectors. The 2016 event, held on 16 June in London, pushed boundaries for implementing the UK Vision Strategy. Success will depend on engagement by multiple stakeholders across the wider health and social care sectors as well as the sight loss sector. Collaboration was the theme of the day. Continue reading
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There is still uncertainty about the future of sheltered housing in the social rented sector. This is important because sheltered schemes offer supportive communal housing to older people on low incomes who cannot afford retirement housing in the private sector The Government is currently reviewing its policy to place a cap on housing benefit payments for supported housing, as well as a cap on rents. This could potentially reduce the income of housing associations and their capacity to offer housing support. The ongoing financial uncertainty is also undermining the development of new sheltered schemes.
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Last month Age UK held a small discussion event with Pensions Minister Ros Altmann, hosted by the think tank Reform. The purpose of the meeting was to have a frank conversation with representatives from the pensions industry, consumer groups and trade unions about the need for more people to save more for their retirements. Continue reading
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