Domestic violence and abuse refuges and homeless hostels and sheltered housing ALL in danger of closing
The LHA maxima policy which affects all new social tenants from April 2016 (yet deferred until 2018) means that supported and sheltered housing in the English regions in all its forms becomes extremely financially toxic and will close … except in London which has perversely high LHA rates. Surprise, surprise we see no public lobby or condemnation from the London based and London only focused National Housing Federation (NHF) on this. That is truly offensive and truly incompetent yet, regrettably, a true reality.
Domestic violence and abuse refuges and homeless hostels and sheltered housing will survive in London which can have a £250 per week 1 bed LHA rate. Yet in the regions the 1 bed LHA rate can be as low as £80 per week and way below current rent levels in refuge hostel and sheltered housing meaning they will close due to being non-financially viable in the English regions but (just about) financially viable in London.
The current NHF policy of silence over this can be correctly described as the NHF not giving a shit that housing for those fleeing abuse or homeless or older persons will close in the English regions (and in Scotland and Wales too) but as they won’t in London, then that is acceptable!