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agencies and sharing of good practice. Any localised approach would have to have in built safeguards to avoid reinforcement of the postcode lottery culture.

Question 10 – The government is committed to delivering more affordable homes. How could reform best be implemented to ensure providers can continue to deliver the new homes we need and maintain the existing affordable homes?

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.

Question 11 – What would be the best way to organise delivery of a reformed system to achieve improvements in outcomes, customer service and efficiency?

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.

Question 12 – Any other ideas

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.

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