West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Step by Step Support Lodgings

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.


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.

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.

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.


The council provides funding for up to 12 host families to provide accommodation for vulnerable 16 to 21 year olds at risk of homelessness and placements for mothers and babies. The aim of the service is to move young people on to more independent living.

The proposal is to cease funding this work which has an annual value of £100,000. It is hoped to use other provision to support those who are most in need.

What do we think the impact will be?

The proposal will reduce the level of support available to vulnerable young people. Those most in need should find alternative support.  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.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 24 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 Housing Related Outreach Support Service proposal.

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