Housing related support services (formally known as the Supporting People Programme) in Warwickshire support people aged 16 or over to live independent lives, helping them to stay in their own homes or work towards living in their own homes. In doing this they provide invaluable work to prevent homelessness, hospitalisation or institutional care.
There are services for a variety of client groups including:
- Older people
- Homeless people
- Victims of domestic abuse
- People experiencing mental illness
- Offenders and those at risk of offending
- People with learning disabilities
- Support for young people at risk and/or leaving care
- Young parents
- Substance misusers
What are the big issues?
It is now necessary to decide for the future:
- What constitutes housing related support now that this is no longer strictly defined by Central Government?
- What services should be provided?
- Where services should be provided?
- Who should receive housing related support?
12.8% of referrals against 16/17 year olds received by social care teams during a 12 month period were either received from a Housing Department/Authority or had a referral reason relating to Housing or Accommodation. 48.1% of these went on to have a secondary need of ‘Homeless Family’ or ‘Homeless Single’ recorded against them. The largest proportion of these referrals were received in Nuneaton & Bedworth (18%) and Rugby (15%).
Of the 432 people who left short term accommodation based Supporting People services in Warwickshire in the period from 1st April 2011 to 31st December 2011, 310 (71.76%) moved on to more independent living.
What do people say?
“……….the best overall estimate of net financial benefits from the Supporting People Programme is £2.77 billion per annum for the client groups considered (against an overall investment of £1.55 billion). This overall conclusion is based on separate calculations for each of the client groups considered through this research. In each case, provision of the Supporting People intervention was estimated to provide a net financial benefit – i.e. the financial benefits of supporting the individual were higher than, and outweighed, the costs of doing so.”
CLG 2008 – Research into the financial benefits of the Supporting People programme.
What do we need to do?
There is a need to remodel services to ensure that they are targeted to meet needs and maximise value for money. As part of this process it will be vital to ensure that future services are aligned with services provided by a number of other agencies including:
- Social Care
- Services for care leavers and other children in need
- Districts and boroughs
Who needs to know?
- District and borough councils
- Existing housing related support service providers
- NHS Warwickshire
- Third sector organisations supporting vulnerable people
- Warwickshire County Council
- A vision for adult social care: Capable communities and active citizens
- Warwickshire Protocol for Assessing and Managing the Housing Needs of Homeless Young People – February 2011
- Putting People First
- Residential and Nursing Care
- Supporting Independence
- Think Local Act Personal
- Shelter report. A better fit? Creating housing choices for an ageing population
- Department for Communities and Local Government – Housing