The decision about the future of the Supporting People programme that was announced on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 90WS, was made following the evaluation of a pilot process with fifteen Pathfinder local authorities and also took into account consultation with a range of partners. This consultation included discussions at the Supporting People Sounding Board and Expert Reference Group and specific conversations with the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
In addition to discussions at conferences and stakeholder groups since the Pathfinder process was announced in 2007, the views of a small sample of service users were also submitted and those of more than 400 Supporting People provider organisations were captured in an independent survey and report. A summary of this report can be found on the Department’s website at:
The Department also received and considered written submissions from:
Sitra (an umbrella body for providers of supported housing)
The National Housing Federation
Special Needs Housing Association Group