Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 17th September, 2012


Report of the Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety


Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14


Purpose of the Report

1.             To adopt the draft Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14 and seek authorisation for its submission to the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.


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, which will take place in October 2012.

3.             That the report is referred to the Housing and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee.

Reasons for the Recommendations

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.



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

3.             The programme contributes to meeting the aims of 'Improving Lives and Communities - Homes in Wales the National Housing Strategy and the ten year Homelessness Plan, with a strong emphasis on the prevention of homelessness. Its importance is also recognised in the Housing White Paper issued by Welsh Government for consultation in May 2012.

4.             At a local level the programme takes forward a number of strategic aims, reflecting Community Safety and Health, Social Care and Wellbeing objectives. It aims to deliver high quality and strategically planned housing-related support services that are cost effective, complement existing services and provide service users with the best possible outcomes.

5.             Following a review of Supporting People commissioned by Welsh Government, new guidance was published on 27th July 2012, which sets down the requirement for all Councils to develop an annual Local Commissioning Plan, which replaces the previous Supporting People Operational Plan. The Local Commissioning Plan has to be submitted to the Regional Collaborative Committee for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff (which is currently in the process of being set up) for inclusion in a regional Commissioning Plan.

6.             The development and coordination of the Local Commissioning Plan was undertaken by the local Supporting People Planning Group (SPPG) as required by Welsh Government. Membership of the SPPG 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).

7.             The SPPG met on five occasions to agree the information and priorities to be included in the Local Commissioning Plan. In addition to the core membership, service managers from a range of agencies who work with, and have additional data on, the provision and assessment of alternative housing and support were invited to each Planning Group meeting in order to allow fully informed decisions on the future service priorities to be made.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             Attached at Appendix A is a copy of the Local Commissioning Plan 2012/13 - 2013/14. The main issues from this Plan in respect of the development and provision of supported accommodation services for the Vale of Glamorgan are outlined below.

9.             An assessment of the support needs of 863 individuals who have contacted the Housing Division and other voluntary and statutory sector agencies in 2011/12 has been undertaken and through this 'self assessment' process 78.3% of these identified a support need. Some 14.39% of these identified mild support needs, 28.34% moderate support needs and 57.27% serious support needs. The most important serious issues self selected by clients are homeless/potentially homeless, mental health issues, young and vulnerable and physical mobility issues.

10.        A total of 2,600 units of support funded by Supporting People have been mapped throughout the County. The current supply of services in the Vale shows that there are 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 are in danger of suffering domestic abuse and ex-offenders. This information is detailed in Graph 1 below.

Graph 1: Data on Clients Needs identified 2011/12 compared to the Supply of Services funded through the Supporting People Programme.


11.        From the needs analysis, the SPPG has determined that under the Supporting People Programme there is 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.

12.        The total annual revenue costs of the new support services identified in the Local Commissioning Plan is estimated to be in the region of £1.7 million. There would also be a capital funding requirement for some of the projects, which has 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.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.        There are no direct resource implications associated with this report. All funding requirement identified for resourcing under the Supporting People Programme is financed through grant funding from Welsh Government.

14.        It should be noted that the Council has 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 is an unlikely scenario given that Supporting People was introduced in 2003 and a recent review of the Programme has resulted in new Guidance being published in July 2012. There is also a requirement on the Supporting People Team in the Council to continue on an annual basis to ensure that all projects remain strategically relevant to the Council and to reconfigure them if they are no longer required. In addition, the projects are monitored by the Team to ensure that they continue to provide value for money.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

15.        None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

16.        The development and publication of the Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan is a requirement of Welsh Government to comply with the Supporting People Programme Grant (SPPG) Guidance (Wales).

Crime and Disorder Implications

17.        The development of good quality supported housing services will protect and support very vulnerable clients who are likely to be more susceptible to experience crime and disorder difficulties if these projects were not developed. The provision of the services to very vulnerable clients will have a beneficial impact upon reducing crime and disorder in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18.        The adoption of the Local Commissioning Plan will do much to improve the quality of life of some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged people in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Corporate/Service Objectives

19.        This report is consistent with the Corporate Objective of the Council:

·               To work with partners to meet the diverse needs of our residents in ways that will safeguard and support those who are the most vulnerable and in greatest need; help people to keep fit and healthy; and increase social cohesion and equality of opportunity for all.

Policy Framework and Budget

20.        This report is consistent with the Policy Framework and Budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

21.        The Supporting People Local Commissioning Plan enshrines the principles of consultation and has been developed following detailed dialogue with service users, service providers, voluntary sector organisations, Housing Associations and statutory agencies.

22.        The prioritisation of future service developments has also been subject to consultation via the Supporting People Liaison Group meetings with service providers, voluntary sector organisations, Housing Associations and statutory agencies.

23.        There has been no individual ward member consultation in respect of this report as it is an issue that affects the whole of the Vale.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

24.        Housing and Public Protection.

Background Papers

(i) Welsh Government Document - Supporting People Programme Grant (SPPG) Guidance (Wales) July 2012.


(ii) Minutes of the Supporting People Planning Group Meetings.


Contact Officer

Pam Toms, Strategy & Supporting People Manager, Housing Services. (01446) 709788


Officers Consulted

Managing Director

Operational Manager Legal Services


Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter, Director of Visible Services and Housing