support services for vulnerable people was issued today.
Housing minister Sally Keeble said the guidance was a major step
Sally Keeble said:
'Our first aim is to ensure support services for the vulnerable
continue uninterrupted. This is an opportunity for everyone in the
sector to develop services based on local priorities meeting the
needs of vulnerable people in the community.'
Supporting People will make care more flexible and needs-led to reach
vulnerable groups including young people, single homeless, women
fleeing violence, the elderly, people with a mental illness, drug
users and those leaving institutions such as prison.
'We have developed Supporting People in close consultation and
partnership with support providers, local authorities and other
partners. I am impressed by the hard work so far and hope everyone
working in the sector will continue to engage locally and nationally
to ensure that we achieve a smooth changeover in 2003 with better
services in the longer term.'
Ms Keeble said providers, local authorities and other partners in
social services, probation and health should read this guidance and
pass their comments to the DTLR on the Supporting People Knowledge
website. Housing-related support providers
should look at the guidance to determine what local authorities will
be doing, and why.
1. The Supporting People programme launches in 2003 and will
provide housing-related support services to a wide range of
vulnerable people through grants administered by local authorities.
2. The guidance will be issued on CD-Rom, and hard copy, along
with a short guide for support providers. It will give local
authorities and providers a definitive set of instructions for the
run-up to 1 April 2003 with the aim of ensuring open access to
efficient services continues.
3. The Guidance is divided into two parts: interim and steady state.
4. Interim processes are necessary to get the programme
up-and-running for 2003 and the Guidance sets out one-off tasks,
for example, an interim contract template for local authorities and
providers. The interim processes must be completed by April 2003.
5. Steady state guidance covers the main administrative tasks
required for the ongoing delivery of the programme and details
guidance for local authorities on, for example, how to ensure
Supporting People strategies are linked into other local strategic
planning. Many of these processes won't be required until after
2003 and the DTLR is continuing its consultation on some key areas.
6. Comments on the guidance can be registered on
www.spkweb.dtlr.gov.uk (or email firstname.lastname@example.org). The
closing date for comments on the Interim Guidance is 14 December
7. In addition DTLR has produced a short guide for registered
social landlords, agencies and other organisations providing
support services, which can be downloaded from the Supporting
People K-Web (and will be mailed out in November 2001. It is
designed to highlight some key areas of the guidance relevant to
providers in order to assist in their preparations for Supporting