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Influencing policy

We work with government and other organisations to help shape policies and decisions that impact residents and Hanover.

Consultation on housing costs for sheltered and extra care accommodation

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.

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Previous consultation submissions