Policy

Providing housing support for older and vulnerable people

Supporting detail:

Local councils’ housing support

The ‘supporting people’ programme began on 1 April 2003, bringing together 7 housing-related areas of funding from across central government. The programme is run through 152 top-tier local councils. They decide where to spend the money to best meet local needs.

Supporting people services help around 1 million people at any one time, including approximately:

  • 825,000 older people with support needs
  • 40,000 homeless people
  • 40,000 people with mental health problems
  • 10,000 women at risk of domestic violence

Services in the programme are mostly delivered by the voluntary and community sector, and housing associations.

Funding

From 2011 to 2012, all funding for the supporting people programme is part of formula grant. It is allocated through the local government finance report for the relevant financial year. Funding totals £6.5 billion over the current Spending Review Period (2011 to 2015).

Improving services to older and vulnerable people

We are working with several councils and other partners to explore personal budgets for supporting people services – providing people with greater control over their support budgets so that they can then choose services that best suit their lives, needs and aspirations.

Together with several councils and other partners, we are reviewing the personal budgets of recipients of supporting people services. The aim is to provide people with greater control over their support budgets so they can choose services that best suit their lives, needs and aspirations.

Ten local authorities will be testing out a range of innovative ‘payment by results’ models with provider partners in relation to supporting people services. These models are being tested until 2013 and are focusing on approaches which aim to improve innovation, outcomes and the value for money of housing-related support services.

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