Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Cuts put 4,250 Black Country homes for elderly at risk

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for a vote to halt Conservative housing benefit plans that would put 4,243 homes for the elderly at risk across the Black Country.

It is estimated that 156,000 supported homes across the country are at risk as a result of Government plans to set a cap on housing benefit.

As well as homes for the elderly, supported housing provides specialist care for groups including the homeless, disabled people, veterans, people with mental health problems, young people leaving care and women fleeing domestic violence. In total 5,746 supported housing units across the Black Country could be affected.

Austin has called on George Osborne to exempt supported housing from his housing benefit cuts and to consult with charities, councils and housing associations to safeguard this vital accommodation. However, Conservative MPs voted down Labour’s motion to protect these homes.

Ian Austin said:

“People who have worked hard and contributed their whole lives deserve to have support in their old age, but these cuts could rob them of a secure home.

“There is no way these people or the organisations who support them could make up the massive shortfall these cuts are set to open up.

“I’m calling on the Chancellor to urgently exempt supported housing from his housing benefit cuts and consult fully with the organisations that provide this vital accommodation.”

Supported and specialist housing by English local authority

Tenants in these types of housing generally have higher housing costs so are at risk of being affected by the proposed changes to housing benefit.

       

 

Supported housing (units / bedspaces)

Housing for older people (units / bedspaces)

Total

Dudley

376

907

1283

Sandwell

444

1043

1487

Walsall

243

783

1026

Wolverhampton

440

1510

1950

TOTAL

1503

4243

5746

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