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Supporting People Programme

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department provided per participant under the Supporting People programme in each local authority area in each of the last three years. (291464)

Supporting People funding is not allocated or monitored on a “per participant” basis.

The Supporting People grant is allocated to top tier local authorities by using the Supporting People distribution formula. The distribution formula assesses relative need between authorities, mainly on the basis of the numbers of vulnerable people at risk, with allowances for levels of deprivation and cost differences. Therefore the distribution formula calculates ‘target allocations’ for each authority based on the level of need for housing related support.

Local authorities submit an annual return on the total expenditure on Supporting People in the financial year. Local authorities also provide a quarterly snapshot of the number of household units available (i.e. the capacity of housing related support services).