Supporting People programme

The Supporting People programme, which provides housing related support to help vulnerable people to live as independently as possible in the community, is likely to suffer badly from cuts to councils, according to Community Care magazine. The National Housing Federation has suggested that 400,000 vulnerable people could lose support as local authorities make cuts of up to 40% from 2011-15 to the programme. The programme was cut by 12% in the Spending Review, but because it is no longer ring-fenced, local authorities are free to make cuts larger than 12% and many are planning to do so.

Somerset have approved a £3m cut in the programme from April 2011, representing an 18% reduction on its £16.5m budget allocation for 2010-11. Big cuts have already been made at the Isle of Wight. And Cornwall is due to make a decision on a proposed 40% cut over three years in its “overall supporting people spending” at the end of November. Bournemouth, Swindon, North Somerset, Brighton and Hove and Surrey are also proposing reductions of 20% to 40%.

NCVYS’s report Comprehensive Cuts has highlighted how cuts to the programme are already affecting NCVYS members.


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