Promoting independence: the future of housing related support

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Carr-West, Jonathan; Lucas, Lauren
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This report draws together previous studies on the social and financial outcomes of the Supporting People programme with original new Local Government Information Unit research. Since 2003, the centrally funded Supporting People programme has been at the forefront of preventative support, offering a broad range of services aimed at helping vulnerable people to manage their accommodation and achieve independence. A survey of councillors and housing officers in 139 authorities showed that although 43 per cent of respondents’ councils were reducing their level of Supporting People services this year, nearly 90 per cent of those who responded to the survey agreed that this would put vulnerable individuals at risk and create costs elsewhere in the system. It is clear that making savings through cuts to front-line preventative services could be counterproductive. While they will help to achieve short-term savings targets, the longterm impact of a reduced service may be more costly. Besides the impact on individuals, the savings generated by such services through the prevention of crime, anti-social behaviour, insolvency and hospitalisation need to be weighed against the benefit of addressing immediate budgetary concerns.

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