Hanover staff in our Chippenham office

Influencing policy

We work with government and other organisations to help shape policies and decisions.

In October 2017 the government published a document that gave its future direction for the funding of supported housing. This replaced its previous proposals that had become known as the ‘LHA cap’. These proposals would have limited the Housing Benefit payable to residents to the level of the Local Housing Allowance for that area.  We campaigned hard against those proposals because they would have been very damaging for residents and put a significant part of Hanover’s income at risk.

The new proposals will introduce a ‘rent cap’ on the rent and service charge that can be charged in retirement housing and extra care housing from April 2020. Currently, only the rent element is regulated by the new Regulator for Social Housing. The new regulated sheltered rent will set the maximum amount we can charge combining the formula rent and service charges that are eligible for Housing Benefit.

Overall, our view is that:

  • The new proposals are much better than the previous LHA cap
  • There are many details on which we need clarity to understand the full impact before we are satisfied

Our submission to government can be viewed here.

Funding for supported housing

In November 2016, the Government published a consultation document ‘Funding for Supported Housing’ which outlined plans to cap Housing Benefit (HB) payments for rent and service charges at the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate for an area. As part of this, Government has asked how the proposed funding model can be made to work.

As well as producing an individual response to the consultation, we have been working closely with Anchor and Housing & Care 21 to develop a joint submission to the Government to show decisions around social care and supported housing will impact all our futures:

Alongside this, the Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launched a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing. We have submitted both an individual response and a joint submission with Anchor and Housing & Care 21: