Agenda Item No. 11(a)









C1830        Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14 (HBMCS) (Scrutiny – Housing and Public Protection) -


Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent by reason of the need for the plan to be adopted


Cabinet received the draft Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14 which was attached as appendix A. The report sought authorisation for its submission to the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.


The Supporting People programme is the policy and funding framework for delivering housing related support to vulnerable people in different types of accommodation and across all tenures.


The programme contributes to meeting the aim of Improving Lives and Communities with a strong emphasis on the prevention of homelessness.

Locally the programme works on a number of strategic aims, that reflect Community Safety and Health, and Social Care and Wellbeing objectives for delivering high quality and strategically planned housing-related support services that are cost effective.


The Welsh Government in July 2012 published new guidance that set down the requirement for all Councils to develop an annual Local Commissioning Plan, which replaces the previous Supporting People Operational Plan. 

The development and coordination of the Local Commissioning Plan is undertaken by the local Supporting People Planning Group (SPPG) as required by Welsh Government.  Membership is made up of Officers from the Housing Division, Social Services Department, the Wales Probation Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Voluntary Sector (the Vale Housing and Homelessness Forum).


The main issues from the 2012/13 – 2013/14 local commissioning plan in respect of the development and provision of supported accommodation services for the Vale of Glamorgan are outlined below;


-           An assessment of the support needs of 863 individuals who contacted the Housing Division and other voluntary and statutory sector agencies in 2011/12 was undertaken and through this 'self assessment' process 78.3% of those identified a support need.  Some 14.39% of those identified mild support needs, 28.34% moderate support needs and 57.27% serious support needs. 


-           A total of 2,600 units of support funded by Supporting People were mapped throughout the County.  The current supply of services in the Vale shows that there were high levels of supported accommodation for older people and moderate numbers for people with mental health issues, learning difficulties and those that are homeless or potentially homeless.  There are lower levels of supported accommodation specifically for clients with a chronic illness, those that have suffered domestic abuse or who were in danger of suffering domestic abuse and ex-offenders. 


-           From the needs analysis, the plan determined that under the Supporting People Programme there was a priority to develop, amongst others, a direct access homeless hostel for clients under the age of thirty-five, supported accommodation and floating support units for clients with mental health issues (including those with a dual diagnosis of substance misuse) and a second Extra Care Scheme for clients with physical mobility issues, mental health issues, learning difficulty, chronic illness or a combination of some or all of these problems.  All of these support services would assist people to maintain their home, integrate into the community and have a positive affect on the number of homeless and repeat homeless presentations.


-           The total annual revenue costs of the new support services identified in the Local Commissioning Plan was estimated to be in the region of £1.7 million.  There would also be a capital funding requirement for some of the projects, which had yet to be calculated.  Therefore, a mismatch exists in terms of available resources which Housing Services will continue to address with our partners and Welsh Government.


It should be noted that the Council had not developed an exit strategy for all supporting people funded services, as the effect of a total loss of funding from Welsh Government would affect support services throughout Wales, leading to the closure or severe restrictions to services of voluntary support organisations that are funded in this way.  This was an unlikely scenario given that Supporting People was introduced in 2003 and a recent review of the Programme had resulted in new Guidance being published in July 2012. 

This was a matter for executive decision




(1)       THAT the Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14 be approved and Cabinet agrees to its submission to the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.


(2)       THAT Cabinet agree to the use of the urgency procedure under article 13 of the Council Constitution to enable the Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan to be considered at the first meeting of the Regional Collaborative Committee, that will take place in October 2012.


(3)       THAT the report is referred to the Housing and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee.


Reasons for decisions


(1)       To ensure that the Council complies with the requirements of the new Supporting People Programme Grant (SPPG) Guidance (Wales) July 2012.


(2)       In order to meet required deadlines.


(3)       For information.”