Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 4 FEBRUARY 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 12 JANUARY 2015
C2602 SUPPORTING PEOPLE LOCAL COMMISSIONING PLAN 2015 - 2018 (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
Approval was sought to submit the Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2015 – 2018 to the Regional Collaborative Committee, for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.
The Supporting People (SP) Programme was the policy and funding framework for delivering housing related support to vulnerable people in different types of accommodation and across all tenures.
At a local level the Programme took forward a number of strategic aims, reflecting Community Safety and Health and Social Care and Wellbeing objectives. It aimed to deliver high quality and strategically planned housing-related support services that were cost effective, complemented existing services and provided service users with the best possible outcomes.
In accordance with the Welsh Government Guidance for Supporting People, all local authorities were required to develop a three year Local Commissioning Plan, which was submitted to the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff for consideration. The Final Plan was agreed by Welsh Government (WG) and was submitted to WG for approval at the end of February 2015.
The development and coordination of the Local Commissioning Plan was undertaken by the Supporting People Local Planning Group (SPLPG) as required by Welsh Government. Membership of the SPLPG was 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).
Following the announcement of the Welsh Government draft budget in October 2014, local authorities received notification of their indicative Supporting People Programme Grant for 2015/16 on 7 November, 2014. The impact in the Vale of Glamorgan was a reduction in funding of £199,859.51 or 5.45% (from £3,666,688.74 in 2014/15 to £3,466,829.23).
The decisions were made based on the needs mapping information and service priorities and in the knowledge that higher than required savings had already been identified for 14/15 which in part mitigated the impact of the additional cuts to the Supporting People budget in 2015/16. This approach was endorsed by the Supporting People Local Planning Group and the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan. The analysis and approach taken was outlined on pages twenty to twenty-six of the Local Commissioning Plan that was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
A total of 2,543 units of support funded by Supporting People had been mapped throughout the County. The current supply of services in the Vale showed that there were high levels of support for older people and moderate numbers for people with mental health issues and learning difficulties. There were lower levels of support specifically for clients who had a chronic illness, those with alcohol or drug issues and those who had offended or who were in danger of offending. This information was detailed in Graph 1 of the report.
The Supporting People Local Planning Group had determined from the needs analysis, that under the Supporting People Programme the highest priority was to develop a twenty-four hour supported housing service for clients with Personality Disorders in partnership with Health. All of the new service priorities identified assisted people to maintain their home, integrate into the community and had a positive effect on the number of homeless and repeat homeless presentations.
The total annual revenue requirement for the new support services identified in the Local Commissioning Plan was estimated to be in the region of £364,000. There was also a capital funding requirement for some of the projects, which had yet to be calculated.
The report noted that the Council had not developed an exit strategy for 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 the services of voluntary support organisations that were funded in this way. This was an unlikely scenario given that Supporting People was introduced in 2003 and the number of people who required the services continued to increase across Wales. It was expected that this trend would continue in the future with the introduction of the changes to the Homelessness Legislation in April 2015 from the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and the continued roll out of Universal Credit.
At the meeting the Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety passed on her thanks to the Strategy & Supporting People Manager and her team for all their hard work.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2015 - 2018 as attached at Appendix 1 to the report be approved for submission to the Regional Collaborative Committee, for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure that the Authority complied with the requirements of the Supporting People Programme Grant (SPPG) Guidance (Wales) July 2012 (updated June 2013).
(2) To inform the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) of the draft plan and the indicative grant allocation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 12 JANUARY 2015