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Sheltered housing

the concern regarding future funding needs to be raised, ( why sheltered housing? } it is a vital service that give residents the confidence to downsize freeing up family homes and allowing themselves to live independent lives in their purpose built home for much longer, as long as there is a warden service, acting in the front line for care & advice putting off the day expensive care homes are needed 1 warden can give this kind of service for 60 residents for 12 months at a cost of £350per week.
net cost saved average £600 per week per person
supporting people works the other way gives support for person to remain in large house by putting in costly additions such as stair lifts showers ect.
only to be ripped out when resident goes into a home,
and we have seen cases where that has only been for 12 months.
we need to raise this with our council and mp
now before it is to late.
sheltered housing allows for a steady vacation of larger homes.
helps with the isolation and loneliness of elderly.
delays the move into expensive care homes.
if used effectively can reduce cost of carers
reduce N.H.S. costs by being aware of early signs.
community based system that helps create social events and reduces bed blocking.
to sum up it is cost effective it makes sense
so why is nobody still listening?

John richardson chair sheltered housing uk

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My day in the house of lords

attended meeting discussing older persons housing and ensured they were aware 500K residents living in fear of wardens being removed and their communities closed down

we hear buzz words like older person homes and lifetime homes and communities.

I have news for them sheltered housing is actualy a home for the elderly, a lifetime home designed around them and disabled it is also lifetime community, all with the same aim to ensure peaceful secure retirement.

its been around since 1950s Sheltered housing initially provided a home for older council tenants coming out of family housing, where they could feel ‘looked after’ in later years.

And was a mechanism for freeing family homes naturaly,it can do that again by putting a small investment into it a warden costs around 25k for 60 residents £8 per person pw

total £400.80 pw

if only1 person has to go into a home it would cost councils around £600 per week

so it is financialy viable

it has been proved over 65 years

tenants love it

since this meeting i have been asked to do a blog on age uk web site to raise ths profile of sheltered and my local labour party has asked me to do a presentation to the next meeting in may  2016

i am also in the process of setting up a meeting with age uk having been invited to do so by them.

All positive stuff coming out of one meeting.

the committe report looks hopfull

Recommendations include:
Housing ministers to take lead on securing more support across government to boost output of house building for older people
Stamp Duty exemption for those over pension age
Help to Buy assistance extended to those buying new property in older age
Department of Health should supplement the government’s capital investment programme for housing with care support, as it saves money for the NHS and social care
Department for Work and Pensions should ensure its policies for rent regulation / housing benefit do not deter investment in extra care and specialist housing for older people
Local authorities should ensure their local plans give necessary priority to older people’s housing needs
House builders, investors and lenders should lead the way with high-quality design and imaginative marketing to address supply and demand
House builders and developers should sign up to relevant sector consumer codes and give clear and transparent information about charges and fees to potential buyers and tenants
Housing associations, as innovative providers, should move forward in introducing ‘care-ready’ features such as new connected homes technologies to provide greater autonomy and control
Housing associations should use their development skills and experience to assist the fledgling ‘senior co-housing’ movement.

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Sheltered housing definition

Sheltered Housing duped by Freud LHA maxima letter?
Posted by JOEHALEWOODHSG on MARCH 3, 2016
Is sheltered housing covered by the ‘exceptions’ in Lord Freud’s urgent written statement over the LHA maxima cap of 1 March? No!
Lord Freud issued a written answer that was published in both Houses of Parliament with regard to the LHA maxima cap. The statement we must assume was carefully worded as Lord Freud has known full well of the very specific terminology used in supported and sheltered housing since he received scores of consultation responses back in the Autumn of 2011 and he has since met regularly with supported and sheltered housing representatives frequently ever since.
Look very very carefully at the wording he uses housing people and not once is the word ‘sheltered’ housing used and instead only ‘supported’ housing is stated. Look again and we find no mention of either “exempt accommodation” or any mention of “specified accommodation” – the latter being a wider term Frued came up with in the frequent discussions mentioned above.
Here is the statement in full:
Firstly note there is no mention of any ‘exception’ for the rare instances of general needs housing at a social rent that is higher then the LHA equivalents in certain locales. While rare these do exist and they have not been exempted or excepted.
Secondly, there is no exception or exemption for social housing let on the affordable rent basis and these AR units are often higher than the LHA rates. To keep the point brief rather than list examples, average LHA in payment is £109 per week and average gross market rent (GMR) is £186 per week which means average LHA is circa 60% of GMR and affordable rent is up to 80% of GMR. As such many AR rents are higher than LHA and are not excepted.
What both of the above points mean is that any new tenants in such properties in 4 weeks time will face a housing benefit cut from April 2018 and social landlords need to be aware of that and also need to ensure all new tenants are aware of that.
However the real issue is whether sheltered housing is included or not in this 1 year deferment and the precise wording of Freud’s statement is much more than a semantic argument when it is read and re-read.
Much of sheltered housing may not be considered as supported housing and it is often not “exempt accommodation” or “specified accommodation” under HB regulations. That is a known fact and more significantly, is a fact known to Lord Freud.
Many tenants in the many forms of sheltered housing are also NOT older people which we must assume means those of state pension age when Freud uses the vague term of “supported housing for older … people” in the statement. Many sheltered housing tenants are between 55 and 67 and thereore not of state pension age. The 1 year deferment will not apply to them either and so can landlords of low level (category 1) sheltered housing let to new tenants from 4 weeks time if they are under state pension age?
Is sheltered supported housing?
No the two terms are not synonymous or interchangeable – again something Lord Freud knows all too well. There is no argument that extra care sheltered is supported housing and there are strong arguments that resident warden sheltered schemes – the old category 2 sheltered in housing jargon – can be argued to be supported. Yet is the old category 1 non resident sheltered housing classed as supported housing?
The answer to that is no it is not – and that is of huge concern to social landlords as this is by far the most numerous typr of sheltered housing.
Firstly, category 1 sheltered is not “exempt accommodation” under HB regulations and we know this as many there under state pension age are hit by the bedroom tax which exempts tenants living in such “exempt accommodation.”
Secondly, Category 1 sheltered is not (necessarily) included in the “specified accommodation” provisions and definition set out in HB circular A8 of 2014 and the word sheltered is not mentioned in that circular at all and even the argument that non resident warden category 1 sheltered receives support or supervision still has to overcome the de minimis nature of that.
There are highly involved arguments I could add to this as to why the majority of sheltered hosuing is not supported housing and why Freud’s carefully written statement is extremely ambiguous, which it is. However, we were promised that Frued would act ‘urgently’ and reassure the supported AND sheltered housing sectors of social housing and this statement does not get anywhere close to that in terms of sheltered housing.
The statement is meaningless with regard to homeless and other hostels and to DV refuges as the one year deferment is irrelvant as such services typically and almost universally fail to have licensees resident there for more than 6 months and so all of those in situ in April 2018 will be hit by swingeing housing benefit cuts that the LHa maxima policy gives – and they will close. That is not scaremongering but incontrovertible fact.
In summary those who initially welcomed this statement need to revise their views and read the statement very very carefully indeed. As does the Labour Party and its leader who proclaimed this as a political success when it is far from that and Lord Freud is speaking with forked tongue and sophistry here.
Imagine that a social landlord believes this statement includes new tenants to category 1 sheltered and fails to inform the new tenant admitted in May 2016. Then it transpires that category 1 sheltered is not exempt from the LHA maxima but category 2 and extra care is exempt. Will that new tenant from May 2016 have a legal challenge against the social landlord if his or her housing benefit is then cut in April 2018?
If social landlords do NOT get absolute certainty and absolute clarification from Lord Freud and the DWP that sheltered housing is covered by this letter then they could be exposed to legal challenge and to some extremely aggrieved tenants come April 2018.sheltered housingʃɛltədˈhaʊzɪŋ/

nounBritishnoun: sheltered accommodation

  1. accommodation for elderly or disabled people consisting of private independent units with some shared facilities and a warden.
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