Leeds continues to support people

Leeds City Council has continued to support over 12,000 vulnerable households and over 14,000 people even with budget pressures to its Supporting People programme.

A report being presented to the council’s executive board next week (Wednesday 7 November) details the work that has been done in consultation with clients and other stakeholders to offer better services at a lower cost and how this will continue into the future.

An example of this is services for homeless people where a consultation with service users and stakeholders determined a preference to move away from hostel services to self contained dispersed accommodation with support. The new move is more flexible in terms of location, offers more stability for families and puts clients in a better position to access employment and training opportunities.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:

“Since 2003, the programme has seen a reduction in central government funding of 40% but has continued to raise the quality of support provided. The service is aimed at the most vulnerable people in Leeds, including the homeless, young people, older people, people with mental health problems, women fleeing domestic violence and people with learning difficulties”

“One of our key priorities is to ensure vulnerable people across the city are being looked after and can access services that suit their needs.

“The challenge for the future is to deliver the scale and quality of services required in the context of growing demand and within the available budget.

“We have worked hard to make sure we listen to our clients and provide a services that suits their current needs.”

Notes to editors:

Supporting People (SP) is a programme of commissioned housing related support services. Up to April 2010 it was a national programme with services commissioned through a ring fenced budget with local authorities. Since April 2010 decisions and funding for SP have been devolved completely to local authorities.

In addition to the provision of suitable housing, clients are provided with a range of ‘hands on; support to build their confidence and develop their life skills. Increasingly, the programme has also focussed on getting people back into work.

Recently an extensive review of services has been undertaken in consultation with clients and stakeholders. This has resulted in the development of new service models which are more responsive, higher quality and delivered at lower cost.


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