It provides the most up to date information on the size, scope, cost, supply and importantly future need of supported housing in England and sets out a series of recommendations for government, local authorities and providers of supported housing.
The report also captures for the first time the future need for homes and resulting capital funding needed, to provide long-term supported housing provision, delivered as part of a well-regulated and sustainably funded sector.
Good quality supported housing can provide a lifetime of independence
Through the analysis of existing evidence and by undertaking primary research, the research shows that there are between 35,500-37,500 people with learning disabilities and autistic people living in supported housing. This report also provides recommendations under strategic planning, housing and support funding, capital funding, and oversight and regulation.
The report also found:
Supported housing plays an increasingly critical role in enabling people with a learning disability and autistic people to live independently at the heart of their communities.
23% of this population live in mainstream housing with a care/support package, 15% are living in residential/ nursing care settings, and 37% live with family and friends is 37%.
at least c.80% of supported housing for people with learning disabilities/autistic people in England is provided by Registered Providers of social housing.
83% of all supported housing for people with learning disabilities and autistic people is categorised in relation to housing benefit regulations as specified accommodation, either as exempt accommodation (44%) or managed properties (56%).
The average weekly rent and service charge for supported housing for people with learning disabilities/autistic people is c.£250 per week for self-contained housing and c.£235 for shared housing.
Ian Copeman, Business Director at Housing LIN, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the LDAHN to undertake this research into the scale, scope and cost of supported housing for people with learning disabilities and autistic people. We regularly work with local authorities, NHS organisations and housing providers to widen the housing options available to people with learning disabilities and autistic people. We look forward to the work of the LDAHN and their partners leading to more people having their own home.
“Good quality supported housing can provide a lifetime of independence for people to live in the heart of their communities. This report shows the impact, value and need for new homes, and sets out the changes required to ensure we continue to meet this need for quality supported housing.”