Supported accommodation (mental health) stakeholder consultation

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Purpose Lancashire County Council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge. Over the next five years to 2020/21 the council needs to make savings of 262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued cuts in funding by Government, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

Lancashire County Council currently provides the funding which is used to deliver housing support within supported housing for people with mental health problems. As a result of the financial difficulties, the county council is proposing to stop this funding at the end of March 2017. This proposal will affect all specialist supported accommodation for people with mental health issues including supported accommodation which is intended to be:

- short-term eg less than two years; or
- longer term eg more than two years or a home for life.

Although we are unclear at this stage as to what this will mean for each individual property and service user in supported housing across Lancashire, there is a possibility that any of the following could take place:

- the service ends and the accommodation is no longer used as supported accommodation but the residents continue to live in the same accommodation without on-site support and may receive other visiting support if it is needed;
- the service ends and residents move on to other suitable supported or more independent accommodation and the empty property is handed back to the landlord;
- the service continues with major changes (eg different types of services offered in the accommodation, change in way in which the service is delivered) and some residents may continue to live at the accommodation while other residents may move to other suitable accommodation; or
- the service continues with little change as the provider has managed to obtain other funding (eg residents use their direct payments for social care to pay the provider for care and support; housing management income or charity funding, not Supporting People).

We would like to hear your views about these budget proposals and any concerns or ideas you may have. We would be grateful if you would answer the following questions.
Subject Other topic
Commissioned by Supporting People
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Consultation with Special interest group
Date 03/06/2016 - 07/08/2016
Undertaken by Business Intelligence

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