Jigsaw welcomes new supported housing national statment of expectations.

Jigsaw welcomes new supported housing national statment of expectations.

As a provider of supported housing, Jigsaw Group welcomes the National Statement of Expectations (NSE) published by the The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), setting out what it expects to see in standards, quality and value for money in supported housing and how this can be achieved by bringing together best practice across the sector.

The government has also announced £3 million to fund pilots in 5 areas – Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, Bristol and Blackburn – to improve quality, enforcement, oversight and value for money in supported housing, focusing on short-term supported accommodation. The pilots will run until the end of March 2021.

The supported housing pilots will involve collaborative working between local partners and will carefully test different approaches to greater oversight of the sector and how higher standards could be enforced. The pilots are intended to improve quality of non-commissioned provision in priority areas.

Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing said: “Providing good quality homes to people who have been homeless, or who are unable to live independently, is fundamental to our support for vulnerable people. I know that most supported housing providers already provide a good service and it is right that we expect standards to be high. My statement today sends a strong message to providers that don’t meet our benchmark that they need to shape up.

“The pilots we are funding will explore different approaches to supported housing, to further raise the quality of service across the country.”
Lords Minister for the Department for Work and Pensions, Baroness Stedman-Scott said: “Supported housing has the power to change the lives of the most vulnerable people in our communities for the better.

Backed by £3 million, we will work with experienced partners to make sure that, across the board, this vital support is up to scratch.”

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “We are glad to see the government taking this important step to set clear expectations for standards in supported housing. The National Statement of Expectations demonstrates the value of supported housing and reflects our close work with the government, as well as our members – the housing associations which provide most of the supported housing in this country.

“We also welcome the funding for pilots, which will provide an opportunity to review how we can ensure these homes and services are of high quality, which housing associations are absolutely committed to.

“Supported housing plays a vital role in our society, ensuring that thousands of people have the home and support they need to live independent and healthy lives. We must continue to invest in it and develop it, including building more supported housing to help more people access these desperately needed services.”

In supported housing, accommodation is provided alongside care, support or supervision to help people live as independently as possible in the community.

Jigsaw Support is responsible for the provision of supported housing within the Jigsaw Group, and provides a number of supported schemes and projects such as temporary and move on accommodation, housing options services and support for people fleeing domestic abuse. These services across 22 local authorities in the North West.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic the services have become a vital lifeline for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.