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Department of Health announces successful bidders to £25m Housing Capital Fund

 

People with learning disabilities across the country are set to benefit from £25 million of funding to help them live more independently in their own homes.

 

Health Minister David Mowat today [Tuesday 20 December] announced the successful bidders to a £25 million government fund.

 

The projects will focus on adapting existing housing, creating new accommodation and giving people support so they have more independence and choice.

 

Only 15% of adults with learning disabilities in England have a secure long-term tenancy or their own home.

 

The Department of Health aims to address this by supporting projects including shared ownership schemes, adapting existing properties with new technology and even building new technologically adapted homes.

 

The £25 million fund aims to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities – giving them independence, and helping them feel more included in their local community.

 

Minister for Community Health and Care David Mowat said:

 

“I want to offer my sincere congratulations to the successful projects. We had a fantastic response to our call for bids and I’m delighted that the innovative ideas put forward for XXX will now become a reality. I want to thank the bidders for their dedication to improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in their community and wish them all the best in bringing this important project to life.”

 

The allocation of the funding to 52 projects across England is an important step towards achieving the government’s vision of a future in which there are safe, reliable and innovative alternatives to inpatient care for people with learning disabilities.

 

The chief executive for Learning Disability England, Alicia Wood, also welcomed the fund, saying how it represented much needed support for people with learning disabilities.

 

She said: “What has been even more welcome is that it has provided the stimulation needed to create person-centred approaches to housing that give people with learning disabilities real control over their lives.

 

“There were many exceptional bids to the fund and we congratulate those who were successful. We very much look forward to seeing what happens as a result of this fund and how that translates into better lives for people with learning disabilities.”

 

The key aims of the fund were to:

 

  • Prevent unnecessary in-patient admissions. The fund will provide solutions for people who require urgent housing and are at risk of entering inappropriate services like hospital or residential care;
  • Encourage a move towards community-based solutions which promote independence and choice over housing;
  • Make use of new technologies and other bespoke adaptations to improve and adapt existing accommodation, enabling people to remain living independently; and
  • Deliver efficiencies – providing specially adapted housing means there is less of a requirement for costly hands-on care. 

 

Notes to editors

 

-          An expert steering group consulted criteria specified in the application in order to allocate funds to the 52 successful bidders. The funding will be made available to successful bidders over the next two financial years.

-          Application pack, including criteria https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-and-technology-fund-for-people-with-learning-disabilities 

-           The £25 million fund complements the Transforming Care programme, which aims to move people out of in-patient care and into the community.

-          This builds on £20 million already earmarked by NHS England for 2016/17 as part of its Transforming Care programme, for use by schemes across the country, including new housing and services.

The successful areas:

 

All have been awarded funding for 1 project, unless otherwise specified:

 

Essex - 5 projects

Thurrock

Herefordshire Council

Dudley MBC 

Lincolnshire County Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

Shropshire

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Northamptonshire County Council

City of Wolverhampton

Staffordshire County Council

Nottinghamshire

Isle of Wight

Bournemouth

Bristol

Kent County Council - 2 projects

North Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset

Slough Borough Council - 3 projects

Somerset County Council

Surrey County Council

Swindon Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council - 3 projects

Cornwall

Dorset County Council

Enfield

North Central & Camden

Blackpool

Durham

Northumberland

Newcastle

Stockton

Sunderland

Salford

Sheffield

Wakefield

Cheshire West

Halton

North Tyneside

Wigan

Hull

 

 

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