09 November 2022
In response to some of the concerning reports of poor quality exempt accommodation, Bob Blackman MP has tabled a Private Members Bill, which seeks to reform the oversight and regulation of supported exempt accommodation. If enacted, this legislation could have a number of implications for our members who provide good-quality supported housing. We’ve been working closely with Mr Blackman, government officials and key stakeholders to ensure good providers are not unintentionally impacted by his reforms.
While we fully support Mr Blackman’s intention to drive poor quality providers out of the market, we know that good-quality supported housing transforms lives – and that those who rely on this vital provision must be protected.
As part of this work, the NHF have been organising a series of supported housing visits with Mr Blackman to share members’ concerns and emphasise the critical importance of supported housing. Heather Thomas, Chief Executive of Sapphire Independent Housing, has written a blog reflecting on one of these visits.
The NHF will also be appearing before the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee next week to give evidence as part of its pre-legislative scrutiny of this Bill. The full text of the Bill has not yet been published. Upon publication, we’ll circulate a briefing explaining the full extent of its implications for members and how you can support our efforts to shape these reforms.