FaithAction believes that faith-based and community organisations provide services that are key to their local communities and tailored for them based on their close knowledge of their local community’s needs. This page lists a number of consultations from various departments where faith groups can raise their voices and have an influence on a national agenda.
If you want to speak to a member of the FaithAction team about any of these consultations before completing them, please get in touch with the national office on 0845 094 6350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for Sheltered Housing
The Government has launched its consultation on proposals for the local system to fund supported and sheltered housing. It has also published its Supported Accommodation Evidence Review.
The consultation will run for 12 weeks until 13 February 2017 and follows the Government’s announcement in September about the future system for supported housing. A Green Paper on the detailed arrangements for the local top-up model and approach to short-term accommodation will follow in the spring.
Under the proposed new system, from 2019 tenants and residents in supported and sheltered housing will be entitled to claim housing costs through the benefits system up to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) level. A top-up can then be paid by the local authority to cover any difference between the LHA rate and the cost of the scheme.
The National Housing Federation is hosting a series of regional events and two webinars about the consultation:
Tuesday 13 December – webinar on the implications of the Government’s proposals
Monday 23 January – webinar on the Federation’s response to the consultation based on our discussions with members and other stakeholders throughout the consultation period.
More information on the consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/funding-for-supported-housing
Work, health and disability: improving lives
This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population.
The consultation runs until 17 February 2017.
For more information, including how to respond, go to: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult/