Supported Housing Improvement Programme (England) [SHIP]


1. As of August 2022 specific local authorities in England are to carry out more frequent and thorough inspections of HB “exempt accommodation” under the Supported Housing Improvement Programme (SHIP). 

2. Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Hull councils have received over £6 million from the DLUHC’s £20m three-year Supported Housing Improvement Programme. This first allocation of funds was announced on  3 August 2022.1Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Press Release, £6 million funding to improve housing and support for vulnerable tenants, 3 Aug 2022 

3. Other councils were also invited to bid for money from this fund.  The Supported Housing Improvement Programme Prospectus was issued on 2 July 2022.2Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, 2 July 2022, Supported Housing Improvement Programme prospectus The deadline to submit bids was 2 September 2022.

4. The expression of interest form that accompanied the prospectus can be downloaded here.

SHIP list of funding awards to local authorities (updated 24 November 2022)

Local authority funding awards announced on 3 August 2022 amount to end of March 2025
Birmingham City Council £3,190,000
Blackpool Council £987,000
Hull City Council £1,473,000
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council £946,000
Local authority funding awards announced on 12 November 2022  
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council £1,222,862
Coventry City Council £319,334
Derby City Council £537,267
Derbyshire Dales District Council £687,230
Doncaster Council £734,897
Durham County Council £578,795
Gateshead Council £574,096
Gloucester City Council £673,018
Kirklees Council £780,200
Lancaster City Council £627,299
Leeds City Council £1,217,165
Mansfield District Council £405,474
Medway Council £476,848
Nottingham City Council £872,419
Plymouth City Council £500,111
St Helens Borough Council £286,224
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council £484,695
City of Stoke on Trent Council £958,824
Sunderland City Council £478,804
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council £284,300
West Devon Borough Council £300,815
City of Wolverhampton Council £555,250
Total funding awards3‘Supported Housing Improvement Programme: List of Funding Awards to Local Authorities’ (GOV.UK), accessed 22 August 2023 £20,151,927

Martin Ward and Philip Parnham
22 August 2023


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