DCN responds to supported housing changes
Commenting on the Government’s announcement today of new powers for councils to tackle unregulated supported housing in their local areas, Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Chair of the District Councils’ Network said:
“The District Councils’ Network enthusiastically welcomes these new measures. They are much needed after a period of rapid growth in unregulated supported housing. This has blighted the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. It has also come at a big cost to the public purse. Last year we estimated that the cost of non-regulated providers to district councils was at least £70m per year.
“We’ve long been calling for stronger regulation of unscrupulous landlords and wider intervention and funding to drive up standards in the supported housing sector. We’re pleased that the Government has listened on all counts.
“We look forward to working with the Government to implement these measures successfully and to ensure the system is fixed for good. District councils across the country stand ready to help.”
Published: 18th March 2022