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Why are private investment funds buying up supported housing?

Millions of pounds of private finance have been poured into buying the homes of some of the most vulnerable adults in the UK over the past three years.

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But with the regulator sounding the alarm about some of the housing associations managing these properties, the Housing Podcast asks what is really going on? Hear from finance reporter Luke Barratt about his work covering this story and Paul Bridge, chief executive of Civitas, one of the funds investing in these properties answering questions about some of the concern.

Edited by Pete Apps

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