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Sheltered Housing

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Supporting People initiative for older people living in sheltered housing; and if she will make a statement. (86091)

Supporting People is a programme that enables the local funding and provision of housing-related support services that help people to continue or move towards living independently in their own home and in the community. Through the programme, support is provided to a broad range of vulnerable groups and through a variety of service types.

Assessments to date of Supporting People, as carried out by the Audit Commission, have looked at either the programme as a whole or at the operation of the programme in specific local authorities. As such, there has been no specific assessment to date that looks only at the effectiveness of Supporting People for older people in sheltered housing. However, the Audit Commission’s national report on Supporting People, issued in October 2005, concluded that the introduction of the programme has resulted in improved services for many vulnerable people.