Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
The Charity Commission has now concluded its investigation into Bristol Sheltered Accommodation and Support, the charity which ran Wick House, a supported housing project in Brislington. It found evidence of misconduct and mismanagement, which included a failure to report the deaths of residents to the Commission. A new charity has since been brought in to run Wick House.
The report identified wider issues with supported housing, and the Charities Commission has said the lack of a regulatory framework leaves the sector open to abuse. Wick House is not the only supported housing project which has given cause for concern.
I recently met with the Commission, and we discussed how we can push for a regulator of supported housing, similar to the Care Quality Commission’s role in respect of care homes. The Government must take on board these findings and introduce much needed reform of supported housing, so this can never happen again.
A full copy of the investigation can be viewed here – https://www.gov.uk/…/bristol-housing-charity-sanctioned-for…