This week Labour MPs called a vote to halt Conservative plans to cut housing benefit support for thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the country, which could put at risk 2345 homes in Tameside and 1867 in Stockport.
MP Andrew Gwynne challenged the Minister during the debate on the Government’s plans.
Supported housing provides specialist care for groups including the elderly, the homeless, disabled people, veterans, people with mental health problems, young people leaving care and women fleeing domestic violence.
Experts say that across the country 156,000 supported homes are at risk of closure due to the Chancellor’s cuts.
In Parliament, Labour 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am appalled that thousands of vulnerable people across Tameside and Stockport might lose their specialist homes.”
“It is outrageous that the Government’s review into the effect of the measures has come after they were announced. I told the Minister this in the House of Commons.”
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Housing, said:
“George Osborne’s crude cuts to housing benefit could force the closure of thousands of specialist homes for vulnerable people across the country.
“This would be a catastrophe for those who can least afford it. There is no way these people or the organisations who support them could make up the yawning shortfall these cuts are set to open up.
“Labour is 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.”