This World Mental Health Day 2016 (10th October), The Guardian ran an abridged version of an article from Inside Housing, highlighting the impact of cuts on housing provision for those with mental health issues.

According to the magazine's survey, there has been a 14% fall in spending by councils on people with mental health issues in supported housing since 2011–12. Between 2011 and 2017 there will have been a drop of nearly £7.3m in spend on people with mental health in supported housing by the 47 councils in England that responded fully to the survey. 

As councils reduce their spending on specialist supported housing, the pressure is on for housing associations, amongst other providers, to fill the gap. With less money to fund preventative services, individuals with the most acute needs are being prioritised for specialist support, while those with less serious issues find themselves at the sharp end of cutbacks. 

New ways of working are being explored to tackle this challenge. Perhaps Wakefield and District Housing's solution in partnering with its local NHS commissioning group will be more widely adopted, enabling mental health support workers to work with tenants proactively for preventative outcomes.