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Supporting People

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

The Government are today publishing provisional individual grant allocations to administering authorities for the Supporting People programme in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The grant will fund housing-related support services for over 1 million vulnerable people—including victims of domestic violence, teenage parents, older people and those with mental health problems—enabling them to live independently in their accommodation.

Final allocations for 2008-09 will be confirmed by a further statement to this House in February 2008 and then for each subsequent year at the same time in that year.

The consultation on the Supporting People distribution formula completed in February 2006 and responses to this exercise have been assessed. Following consideration of the available options, a decision has been taken to use the updated formula to target the funding in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11 to help address some of the inherited uneven distribution of grant between authorities.

We are today publishing our response to that consultation on the Department’s website and invite respondents to refresh their comments if appropriate before we confirm final allocations in the new year.

This three-year settlement, alongside a radically slimmed-down performance framework will provide authorities with stability for the future and greater flexibility to budget and plan realistic delivery of housing support services.

A table of indicative Supporting People programme grant allocations and a copy of the consultation response have today been placed in the Library of the House.