Consultation on supported housing.

This has, to say the least, rumbled on for a good few years, but we are now at the stage when another attempt to resolve it has been suggested. So, the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Work and Pensions have now published a new consultation on the detail of the future funding model for supported housing from April 2019. This will obviously be hugely significant for a number of our members.

The consultation lasts for 12 weeks from the 21st of November 2016 until the closing date of Monday the 13th of February 2017. Everything you need to know can be found at

At the same time the government has published the evidence review of supported accommodation in Great Britain.

Queries and responses can be sent via email to or you can write to the Department for Communities and Local Government, Supported Housing Programme, Fry Building, 3rd Floor, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF


New consultations for GMWRAG members to be aware of

Two new interesting consultations with very differing approaches to deadlines. We think GMWRAG members should be aware of, and consider responding to, both.

So, first of all, the SSAC have launched another consultation on decision making and mandatory reconsideration. There are 6 key questions to be answered and the answers need to be in by no later than 11:45pm on the 15th of March 2016. We’re not sure what’s wrong with midnight!

It’s hard to imagine any WRO having nothing to say on the subject but if you really don’t have the time to put something together as a service, and we can understand that given the ridiculously short deadline, then our friends at NAWRA are ahead of you and have created a nice simple survey for you to complete and add your contribution as an individual or organisation. However, note that the deadline for that is the 7th of March 2016 at midday.

Additional to the above is a consultation which may have escaped members but which will resonate with many of us. The judiciary is proposing a ban on fee charging “McKenzie Friends”. for reasons which become obvious when you read the article, The consultation paper can be found here and the deadline is a rather more generous 19th of May 2016. 

GMWRAG thinks we can probably predict the majority of responses to the former but that the former is equally interesting. GMWRAG minutes are littered over the years with references to concerns about individuals and organisations charging for services.

Reduced funding in the advice sector has led to not only a rise in the number of lone practitioners charging for services many provide for free but also organisations which charge and purport to be expert but actually provide the equivalent of a “McKenzie friend” in place of what we would recognise as representation.

When completing your responses here are some key definitions from Ambrose Bierce to assist 🙂

LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.

LIAR, n. A lawyer with a roving commission.

LITIGANT, n. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.

One of the biggest reallocations of public resources in 25 years

GMWRAG is disturbed to note that in a week in which the government has decided too many people are getting PIP because they, er, need help, we are now faced with what The Guardian has called “one of the biggest reallocations of public resources in 25 years” with a proposal that has been mooted repeatedly in recent years finally coming out into the light. This would see responsibility for Attendance Allowance moving from the DWP to local authorities.

This has been mentioned previously in the interim report from the Commission on the future of health and social care in England but this has suddenly become a lot more real.

As we all know the general trend of closing down the DWP and privatising what it is left has not exactly worked well with either the Independent Living Fund or the rise in food banks as local welfare assistance schemes have fallen short.

GMWRAG therefore wanted to give members a heads up on what now looks like a full frontal assault on disability benefits. How long before the long awaited review of DLA for children?