Fears for people in supported housing after councils scale back regulations
- 15 Sep
An investigation has found that people with vulnerabilities in supported housing could see the safety and quality of their services slip after councils scale back regulations.
Figures obtained from Freedom of Information requests have found that over half of 58 upper-tier English councils have gotten rid of nationally recognised form of regulation services such as hostels and sheltered housing, reports Inside Housing.
A housing expert, who declined to be named, said: "If [councils] haven't got systematic ways [of regulating providers], there is no way of knowing whether they are safe places to live or work."
Research by Inside Housing suggests that councils are now unable to carry out assessments under the Quality Assessment Framework due to budget cuts and lack of staff.
The QAF allows councils that distribute the funding to measure performance annually in such areas as health and safety, security, protection from abuse and empowerment.
A Sitra spokesperson said it was a ‘concern' that a number of authorities were not using the QAF, but pointed out that a ‘large proportion' were using quality assessment as part of their service contracting.
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