agencies and sharing of good practice. Any localised approach would have to have in built safeguards to avoid reinforcement of the postcode lottery culture.
We would welcome opportunities linked to training and support around self build projects to meet demand in this area. We would argue that stopping the sale of existing social housing and investing in the infrastructure and upkeep in tandem with building new social housing would be the preferred way forward.
As previously stated we would welcome a system that was simplified in its working yet afforded inbuilt flexibility to take account of individual need and circumstances. We feel particularly with regard to tapers and conditionality that homeless people should have extended periods of being outwith conditionality where appropriate and graduated taper periods when entering the labour market.
Given that skills are a devolved area we would be interested to know if the effect of reform on devolved employability strategies has been considered.