West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03
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[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Housing Related Outreach Support Service

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.

Background

The Supporting People programme was launched in April 2003. The programme brought together several funding streams, including support provided through the Housing Benefit system, into a single grant from central government for local authorities to fund a variety of services aimed at helping vulnerable people live independently. West Berkshire was successful in securing a significant level of funding at the outset (circa £6m), which has been largely protected to continue to deliver these non statutory services over the last twelve years.

Supporting People services can take many forms; for example, refuges for women escaping domestic violence, housing with warden support (residential or floating) for the elderly, and hostels for recovering addicts. People living in supported housing receive 'housing related supported services' in order to enable them to live independently.


Proposal

The council commissions an outreach service to people in their own homes to provide housing related support aimed at preventing eviction. The service offers a three tier approach to provide a mixture of short and long term services for up to a maximum of 92 people at any one time.

It is proposed to cease this provision and make available information to help people identify and access other sources of support. This will save the council £184,000.


What do we think the impact will be?

There is an increased risk that those currently supported by the service will be evicted from their homes. Those in greatest need may find support from other agencies or from their landlord. Where it is appropriate and possible to do so we will make available information to help people identify and access other sources of support.


What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

It has not been possible to identify alternative proposals given the level of savings that need to be found. Where it is appropriate and possible to do so we will make available information to help people identify and access other sources of support.


This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 55 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to provide a combined total of £100,000 in transition funding in 2016 towards this proposal and the Step by Step Lodgings proposal.

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