Charts, notes & disclaimer

Introduction

Accurate information on the amount, type, cost, quality or need for supported housing is hard to come by.

We are taking the opportunity to look at the evidence that is available in the public domain and plotting it on interactive tables and charts.  This allows for more detailed examination. The chart titles below provide a link to the tables and related charts.

We would encourage you to explore the tables and charts. You can create customised tables, view the results in interactive charts and download the results in common file formats.

Interactive tables and charts will be added to this collection as resources allow.

Number of supported housing units

Key points

  1. 651,500 – the estimated number of “rented”1 Indicating that (prospective) occupants are normally tenants or licensees potentially entitled to HB 2Crown Commercial Service, Provision of Supported Accommodation Review Contract, Appendix B, page 2, footnote 1supported housing units in GB (at the end of 2015) 3 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 3
  2. 85% are in England
  3. 9% are in Scotland
  4. 6% are in Wales

People living in supported housing

Key points

  1. 716,000 people were living in rented supported housing across GB at the end of 2015
    1. 526,500 older people
    2. 189,500 working-age people 4 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 40
  2. People identified as living in supported housing are categorised in the DWP review as: 5 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 41
    1. older people (65+)
    2. people with learning disabilities
    3. single homeless people (inc  rough sleepers)
    4. people with mental health problems
    5. vulnerable young people (16-25)
    6. people with physical disabilities or sensory impairment
    7. homeless families
    8. people with drug or alcohol misuse needs
    9. people at risk of domestic abuse
    10. offenders
    11. others (a category which is described as including refugees/asylum seekers, ex-service personnel, pregnant teenagers, travellers and those it had not been possible to assign) 6 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 41 footnote 41

 

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Supported housing units by client group & country (estimate)

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Providers of supported housing units

Key points

  1. 70% of supported housing units in GB are provided by housing associations
  2. 20% provided by local authorities
  3. 10% provided by charitable and voluntary organisations (& others such as private landlords) 7 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 36

Charts

Percentage of supported housing for different client groups by landlord type (England)

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Percentage of supported housing for different client groups by landlord type (Scotland)

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Number of units provided by “Local Authority” landlords for different client groups

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Number of units provided by “Housing Association” landlords for different client groups

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Number of units provided by “Charity” landlords for different client groups

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Number of units provided by “Other” landlords for different client groups

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

Voids in supported housing

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Median number of vacant days prior to letting by client groups (Private Registered Providers – England only)

Date: 2014/15

Rent and service charges in supported housing

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Average rents and service charges in supported housing by client group (England PRPs only)

Date: 2014/15

HB spending on supported housing

Key points

  1. £24.bn – total housing benefit spend across GB 8 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 58
  2. £4.12bn – the estimated annual cost of supported housing met by housing benefit across GB (at end of 2015)9 DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 3
  3. £2.05bn – the(conservative) estimate of the annual spend on support and care services (in addition to housing benefit) (at end of 2015) 10DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 3

Charts

Annual HB per unit of supported housing

As at December 2015.

Non-HB additional annual spend on supported housing by client group & country (estimated)

Fieldwork dates: 19 October – 2 December 2015.

General Notes

Supported housing

“Supported housing” is housing where support, supervision and sometimes care services are provided to help people live as independently as possible in the community.

More specifically the definition used in the DWP sponsored study was: specified accommodation as defined in DWP Circular A8/2014; and other types of accommodation-based supported housing where some form of care, support or supervision is provided to tenants.11DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 30

unit

A unit refers to either a room or bedspace in shared supported housing or a self-contained supported housing unit.12DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 3

Landlord

“Landlord” refers to the provider of the unit of accommodation. The “landlord” is not necessarily the entity that manages the scheme as this may be carried out by another organisation.13DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 36

charity – Landlord type

Charity refers to a registered charity of voluntary organisation.

Housing association – landlord type

The term ‘housing association’ is used to cover Private Registered Providers in England and Registered Social Landlords in Scotland and Wales. The report states that it is recognised that some housing associations may not be Private Registered Providers. 14DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 23, 

Other – Landlord type

This category includes private landlords. May also have been used to categorise landlords whose legal status was uncertain or unknown.15DWP, Supported accommodation review – The scale, scope and cost of the supported housing sector, (November 2016) p 36, 43, 44, 46

1 – “ONE” figure – meaning of

A 1 (one) figure in a chart or table indicates a value of less than 500 but greater than zero.

Disclaimer

While we make every effort to ensure that the information on these pages is accurate we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions. Always refer to the original sources identified for each of our tables and charts.

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