Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6TH OCTOBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2011
“C1438 SUPPORTING PEOPLE OPERATIONAL PLAN 2011/12 - 2012/13 (HCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
All Councils were required to develop an annual Supporting People Operational Plan (SPOP) for the delivery of supported accommodation services. Welsh Government guidance specified the systems and processes that each Council must adopt for the development of its SPOP and the fact that Plans must be submitted to WG by 30th September 2011.
The Executive summary of the report was appended to the report. The main issues in respect of the development and provision of supported accommodation services were outlined within the report as summarised below. An assessment of the support needs of 6,608 individuals who had contacted the Housing Division and other voluntary and statutory agencies had identified the most important serious issues self selected by clients as homelessness / potential homelessness, mental health, physical mobility, domestic abuse and learning difficulties. The current supply of services in the Vale showed that there were high levels of supported accommodation for older people and moderate numbers for people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, and clients who were young and vulnerable. There were, however, lower levels of supported accommodation specifically for clients with a chronic illness, single parents and ex-offenders. The Supporting People Planning Group had determined as a priority the need to develop, amongst others, a second Extra Care Scheme for clients which a physical mobility issue, mental health issues, learning difficulties, chronic illness or a combination of some or all of those problems. There was also a priority to support the expansion of the Telecare service and a need to develop floating support and supported housing for clients of different ages jointly funded with community care for clients with various support and care needs. The same Group also determined that there was a priority to develop supported accommodation for clients under the age of 35 who were homeless due to the housing benefit changes being introduced, those with alcohol and drug issues, those who were young and vulnerable and those who had suffered or were in danger of suffering from domestic abuse together with additional floating support provision for various client groups across all tenures.
Attention was drawn to the fact that the total annual revenue costs of the new support services identified in the SPOP was estimated at £1.7m., it being noted that there would also be capital funding requirements for some of the projects. It was, therefore, evident that there was a mismatch in the Vale in terms of available resources which Housing Services continued to try to address with partners and the Welsh Government.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the Supporting People Operational Plan 2011/12 - 2012/13 be approved.
(2) T H A T the use of the urgency decision procedure under Article 13 of the Council’s Constitution be agreed to enable the SPOP to be submitted to the Welsh Government by 30th September 2011.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure the Council complies with the timetable requirements of the WG.
(2) To meet the WG deadline.
(3) For information.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 21st September 2011