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Housing: Supporting People Programme

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ring-fence funding for the supporting people programme, in the light of the conclusion in the report by Capgemini to Communities and Local Government about the programme's net financial benefit. [HL5733]

The supporting people programme is an invest-to-save budget. The Capgemini report findings showed that the best overall estimate of net financial benefits from the supporting people programme is £3.41 billion per annum for the client groups considered against an overall investment of £1.61 billion. The removal of the ring-fence provides local authorities with more freedom and flexibilities to work with partners to deliver innovative and holistic services to meet the needs of the vulnerable clients in their area, and supports the mainstreaming of housing-related support services within local authority service provision.