Floating support service user consultation 2016

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Purpose Lancashire County Council is required to make savings of 262m by 2020/21. This extremely difficult financial position is the result of continued cuts in Government funding, rising costs and rising demand for our key services.

Lancashire County Council currently provides all of the funding which is used to deliver the county wide floating support service. As part of the savings, the county council is proposing to stop funding the floating support service by March 2017.

Floating support is a free service which provides short-term visiting support to people with problems that are linked to housing.

Although we are not yet clear what this will mean for the floating support service run by Calico, there is a possibility for any or some of the following to take place:
- The service ends
- The service continues with major changes (eg reduction in number of staff, new types of support services)
- The service continues with little change as the provider has managed to obtain other funding (eg from charities not Supporting People)

Calico are aware of the proposal to end funding for the floating support service. They are currently looking into how they can continue to deliver valuable services if the funding from Lancashire County Council is withdrawn and they will be consulting with users of the service during 2016 once the funding situation is finalised.

As the floating support service only delivers short-term support this proposal might not affect you directly. However, it could affect other people who may need to use this service after March 2017.

We need to understand what might happen if the funding for the floating support service ends. Therefore we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey to share your views and concerns.
Subject Other topic
Commissioned by Supporting People
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Service users
Date 11/04/2016 - 10/07/2016
Undertaken by Business Intelligence

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For more information about this research contact:

(01772) 534266
Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk