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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2004): Social Housing - UK

BRING IT BACK HOME

K. Smith

Public Finance, July 9th-15th 2004, p.28-29

Resident involvement in social housing falls into three categories:

  • involvement in service improvement through participation in focus groups and surveys;
  • involvement in decision-making;
  • building social capital and community capacity.

THE GOVERNMENT'S RECORD ON HOUSING: EVIDENCE FROM THE ROOF INSPECTION

Roof, Nov./Dec.2004, p.21-29

Report examines the government's record on housing, assesses its prospects for a third term and offers proposals for improvement. Covers housing-related welfare services, homelessness, social housing, the housing market, neighbourhood regeneration and the impact of devolution.

MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL INCLUSION AND HOUSING

R. Johnson

Housing, Care and Support, vol. 7, June 2004, p.10-16

Describes the three forms of supported housing available to help people with mental health problems live independently in the community:

  • accommodation with resident support workers;
  • ordinary housing with floating support services;
  • integrated models where support workers resident in a complex also support a cluster of tenants in ordinary housing.

Article goes on to discuss the impacts of the Supporting People programme and the National Service Framework for Mental Health on quality and extent of provision.

SUPPORTED HOUSING AND THE LAW: THE FRACTURES IN THE HOUSING AND SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP

B. Schwehr

Housing, Care and Support, vol.7, June 2004, p.26-31

Government policy has long been to encourage vulnerable adults to leave care homes and reside on supported accommodation. Article explores some of the unforeseen legal difficulties arising from this trend. Firstly when a person is placed in a care home outside of their native county, the original local authority remains liable for payment of fees. However when they move into supported housing, there are legal questions as to which local authority is liable for the purchase of domiciliary care. Secondly, it is unclear what happens if residents are thought to lack capacity to enter into a housing agreement.

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