Supported housing in Global Austerity: Local Providers Fears for the Future in Gloucestershire, England

Lynch, Kenny and Hobson, Jonathan and Dooley, Pauline (2016) Supported housing in Global Austerity: Local Providers Fears for the Future in Gloucestershire, England. Land Use Policy, 59. pp. 589-601. ISSN 0264-8377

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Abstract

Shelter is a key component of an individual’s well-being and as a consequence is an area of policy development that cuts across national policies including welfare, health and social. Supported housing is a sub-set of the wider category of social housing, offering support services intended to help people with a range of challenges live as independently as possible . This paper is based on case study research in an English county that has a diverse range of rural and urban contexts. The analysis draws on evidence gathered mainly from interviews with decision-makers representing the largest supported housing providers in the region across a range of specialisms and needs provision. The research demonstrates that supported housing professionals have a range of concerns for the future of supported housing provision. Respondents reported that reforms to welfare payments and funding of housing support is creating great concern for the organisations and the fracturing of services meant it was increasingly difficult to offer comprehensive coverage in the county. However, the housing professionals also discussed a range of innovative and entrepreneurial responses to these uncertainties. This paper concludes that on the one hand there is a real and pressing threat of increased residualisation within the sector and within services for these most vulnerable groups reduced in both their scope and coverage. While on the other hand, those organisations able to operate more flexibly, and who were communicating effectively with local authorities, felt they had the best chance to respond to uncertainty in the policy landscape.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supported housing, Uncertainty, Austerity, Residualisation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Kenny Lynch
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 11:22
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 09:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4095

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