Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need.

8 February 2017

The National Housing Federation commissioned Sitra to carry out this research, which follows on from the 2015 report, Supported Housing: Understanding Need and Supply. It is intended to contribute to the ongoing debate around the future funding of supporting housing.

The research identifies the current levels of need for different types of supported housing, and whether there is any shortfall in the number of available places required to meet this need.  It

In 2015/16 there were 114,135 working age people were in need of supported housing in, but the study estimates that in there were 97,443 place available. This is a shortfall of 16,692 places.

It is calculated that it would cost just over £128m in revenue costs to meet this shortfall, whereas it is estimated to cost the taxpayer £361m in additional services.

If current trends continue, the annual gap in provision will grow to 35,166 places by 2020/21.




















You can download our summary report below, as well as Sitra's full research report.