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Supporting People Programme
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much he expects to be spent on Supporting People grants for women at risk of domestic violence in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [298203]

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The Supporting People budget is allocated to the top tier local authorities as a single budget and CLG does not allocate the resource to specific client groups and therefore is unable to say what the expected expenditure will be. The Supporting People programme is a locally delivered and managed programme and it is for each local authority to allocate the available resource to provide Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision based on local needs and priorities.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated by his Department via Supporting People grants to (a) women at risk of domestic violence, (b) people who have been homeless or a rough sleeper and (c) homeless people with support needs in each region in each of the last five years. [298205]

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The Supporting People budget is allocated to the top tier local authorities as a single budget and CLG does not allocate the resource to specific client groups. The Supporting People programme is a locally delivered and managed programme and it is for each local authority to allocate the available resource to provide Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision and services for homeless or rough sleepers, based on local needs and priorities.

The following table sets out the amount spent on Supporting People services by region and by primary client group for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Retrospective spend information for these three years was reported to the Department annually by administering authorities. Data relating to 2003-04 and 2004-05 in the following table reflect the actual level of Supporting People grant allocation.

SP financial information 2003-08 for domestic violence and homeless client groups, by region

Region

Women at risk of DV

Single homeless

Homeless Families

Rough sleeper

2003-041

North East

2,576,880

11,325,583

1,175,825

12,490

North West

7,076,498

44,003,942

14,541,305

214,161

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,251,324

21,470,521

5,725,026

949,473

East Midlands

5,992,686

24,960,194

4,201,243

163,221

West Midlands

8,771,676

21,409,392

3,896,450

0

East

4,463,617

25,470,320

2,765,475

11,569

London

11,865,055

80,960,743

12,619,099

8,474,084

South East

6,187,293

32,362,583

3,590,283

1,741,992

South West

4,034,989

26,915,286

3,044,761

1,086,375

Total

57,131,302

288,847,929

51,750,009

12,720,645

2004-051

North East

2,585,704

11,248,267

1,172,818

12,375

North West

7,039,408

43,647,762

14,405,397

211,083

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,189,306

21,185,617

5,630,154

928,434

East Midlands

5,917,736

24,557,471

4,136,585

158,929

West Midlands

8,752,594

21,325,427

3,918,316

0

East

4,452,971

25,553,926

2,779,959

11,511

London

11,842,080

80,338,357

12,576,977

8,373,174

South East

6,161,947

32,209,893

3,581,707

1,723,219

South West

4,021,760

26,880,426

3,023,289

1,086,455

Total

56,963,504

286,947,146

51,225,203

12,505,180

2005-06

North East

2,835,677

10,902,922

1,200,539

12,590

North West

7,369,185

35,454,968

10,692,917

721,542

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,244,079

20,477,330

5,467,045

545,472

East Midlands

5,705,247

19,075,171

4,289,385

198,309

West Midlands

9,878,928

20,504,573

2,357,009

0

East

4,626,515

22,242,815

2,560,051

19,378

London

11,674,608

68,885,005

15,873,832

11,971,500

South East

6,673,546

31,876,031

3,924,310

1,991,145

South West

4,325,474

22,351,993

3,107,731

799,450

Total

59,333,258

251,770,808

49,472,818

16,259,386

2006-07

North East

2,727,974

11,144,585

1,239,057

13,651

North West

7,764,318

34,875,223

10,651,293

964,211

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,516,817

17,544,805

5,929,048

743,354

East Midlands

6,093,211

17,740,659

3,981,415

261,947

West Midlands

9,731,621

19,450,876

2,777,146

0

East

4,807,037

18,826,621

2,400,933

19,294

London

12,478,747

63,425,571

14,748,999

12,753,861

South East

6,935,572

28,728,075

3,799,682

1,510,665

South West

4,590,023

21,887,261

3,194,813

1,218,770

Total

61,645,319

233,623,677

48,722,386

17,485,753

2007-08

North East

3,042,569

10,262,428

1,367,896

41,249

North West

7,903,985

35,003,365

11,414,123

1,147,129

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,824,502

17,303,932

6,290,100

1,086,917

East Midlands

6,719,608

19,104,846

3,803,393

174,599

West Midlands

10,141,312

18,453,935

2,538,846

280,297

East

4,775,527

19,736,280

2,649,753

15,504

London

12,870,564

54,696,919

12,611,487

12,514,292

South East

7,390,539

28,133,640

3,176,137

1,477,743

South West

4,854,878

19,467,429

3,088,183

2,038,357

Total

64,523,484

222,162,774

46,939,918

18,776,088

1 The Supporting People Programme came into effect on 1st April 2003 and as such financial information relating to Supporting People services is only available from this time. The information included in the above table shows the breakdown of SP financial information for each region as a whole for the first five years of the programme. Data relating to the years 2003-04 and 2004-05 reflect the level of grant allocation which was based on the picture of SP services as at 1 April 2003 (programme go live)—what actual spend levels per client group were in these years will not be the same, as actual reported spend data are not available. Information relating to the years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 reflects actual spend as reported by AAs at the end of each financial year. Analysis of the 2008-09 data is yet to be finalised.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities received funding via the Supporting People programme for expenditure on services for women at risk of domestic violence in the last 12 months. [298206]

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The Supporting People budget is allocated to the 150 top tier local authorities as a single budget and CLG does not allocate the resource to specific client groups. The Supporting People programme is a locally delivered and managed programme and it is for each local authority to allocate the available resource to provide Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision based on local needs and priorities.

Spend information for 2007-08 reported to the Department by Supporting People administering authorities showed that out of the 150 top tier local authorities 147 used their Supporting People funding to deliver domestic violence services.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each client group received a Supporting People grant in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available. [298207]

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The Supporting People programme is administered at the local level by the relevant administering authority. It is for the authority to decide which services to fund, informed by the local needs and priorities identified in their five-year Supporting People strategies. People who are eligible for Supporting People funding tend to use a service, rather than receive a cashable grant.

Data are collected on the amount of housing-related support services available to different client groups (measured in household units). The following table provides a snapshot of the services available at a particular point in time during each of the last four quarters, but does not reflect the total number of households who have accessed services during each year. Household unit information is reported to the Department on a quarterly basis, by administering authorities.

HHUs as at the end of each quarter of 2008-09

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Primary client group

30 June 2008

30 September 2008

31December 2008

31 March 2009

Frail elderly

34,366

35,423

35,834

35,740

Generic

36,258

36,379

38,263

45,230

Homeless families with support needs

14,257

14,370

14,270

15,002

Mentally disordered offenders

222

222

236

237

Offenders or people at risk of offending

7,831

8,247

8,326

8,508

Older people with mental health problems/dementia

1,248

1,253

1,227

1,663

Older people with support needs

787,038

796,996

792,168

805,641

People with a physical or sensory disability

11,926

12,179

12,098

12,321

People with alcohol problems

3,208

3,020

3,233

3,350

People with drug problems

5,023

5,196

5,435

5,483

People with HIV/AIDS

822

868

870

838

People with learning disabilities

32,816

30,976

30,910

30,678

People with mental health problems

36,675

36,510

36,495

36,311

Refugees

2,609

2,682

2,754

2,562

Rough sleeper

2,547

2,521

2,693

2,706

Single homeless with support needs

38,751

39,749

39,952

39,005

Teenage parents

3,868

3,891

3,851

3,817

Traveller

1,190

1,296

1,362

1,407

Women at risk of domestic violence

9,845

9,958

10,120

10,549

Young people at risk

19,040

20,037

20,454

20,524

Young people leaving care

1,831

1,856

1,855

1,834

1,051,371

1,063,629

1,062,406

1,083,406

National adjustments

1,219

-10,471

-4,071

It should be noted that in Q1, Q2 and Q4 the overall household unit available figures were adjusted (up or down) for some authorities. However these adjustments were not applied at service level and can therefore not be applied to the individual client group totals. The figures shown in italics therefore represent an overall adjustment to the national household unit count required to bring the above analysis in line with the nationally published figures.