Conservative Party conference: ‘The future of supported housing: finding a fair and affordable solution’

Reform convened a private roundtable at the Conservative Party conference, led by Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London, on the theme ‘The future of supported housing: finding a fair and affordable solution’.

Supported housing plays a vital role in helping vulnerable, older and disabled people to live independent lives. It is, however, essential that government spends taxpayers’ money to the greatest effect – delivering the best outcomes for the best price. As part of the broader welfare reform agenda, the Coalition Government rightly argued that funding for supported housing should be updated to better reflect modern provision. To this end the Conservative Government announced funding changes in both the Summer Budget and Autumn Statement.

Delivering value for money means ensuring a vibrant provider market. There is some concern in the sector that the current funding model may lead to schemes being closed and beds lost. This may lead to higher costs elsewhere in public services.

This event brought together around 20 leading policy experts, business leaders, Parliamentarians and other experts to discuss how the Government can continue to protect vulnerable people and enable independent living, whilst also securing a fair and affordable funding settlement. The discussion was held under the Chatham House Rule.

This event was held in partnership with Home Group:

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3 October 2016
09.20 - 10.20