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Funding of£421m for the Supporting People programme in Scotland for 2003-04 has been confirmed by the executive. ...
Funding of £421m for the Supporting People programme in Scotland for 2003-04 has been confirmed by the executive.

This funding will provide continuing support for those services already in place or agreed to commence by March 31, 2004.

The Supporting People programme, which went live on April 1, provides housing support for vulnerable people in Scotland, including the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, and older people, allowing them to move to independent living or to sustain independent living in their homes.

The services supported through this programme grew significantly during 2002-03 in the run-up to the introduction of the new arrangements. As a result the Scottish Executive will review the programme with local authorities and service providers to ensure that the programme is meeting its original objectives.

Communities minister Margaret Curran said that the programme's priority remained to provide housing support services for the most vulnerable in our society.

'The Supporting People programme is essential to ensure vulnerable people are able to live independently in the community. The aim is to prevent the difficulties that can lead to long term hospital stays, institutional care or homelessness through effective early support.'

The programme was announced in 1999 and went live on April 1 following a transitional period.

The statutory basis for the new arrangements is the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. Provisional allocations of funding were announced on March 7, and today's announcement adjusts those allocations following further reconciliation work between the executive, Department for Work and Pensions, and local authorities.

The programme puts in place an integrated planning and funding framework for housing related support services ??? i.e. services that help vulnerable people live independently in their accommodation.

It includes services for the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and older people. The new arrange ments will be managed by local authorities in partnership with providers and other local stakeholders.

A number of funding streams were merged into the Supporting People Grant in April ??? Transitional Housing Benefit, Special Needs Allowance Package and Resettlement Grant being the main ones.

The main historical funding source for Supporting People was Transitional Housing Benefit (THB) which ended on March 31.

Those services funded through THB are now funded by Supporting People with a funding transfer from the DwP to the Executive to enable this to happen. Other smaller transfers relate to rent pool supported services and pipeline services.

The purpose of the review of service growth is to ensure that services funded by Supporting People Grant fall within the original purpose of the programme. By doing that, Supporting People will be placed on a secure footing going forward with a clear purpose and remit and the funds to deliver.

A breakdown of the level of funding that each local authority can expect to receive in respect of 2003/04 follows.

Aberdeen City £12,306,385

Aberdeenshire £9,374,919

Angus £6,292,340

Argyll & Bute £16,598,238

Clackmannanshire £3,093,495

Dumfries & Galloway £15,078,644

Dundee £11,672,480

East Ayrshire £6,184,168

East Dunbartonshire £5,527,821

East Lothian £9,365,816

East Renfrewshire £6,254,645

City of Edinburgh £44,694,924

Eilean Siar £356,812

Falkirk £8,275,041

Fife £27,327,241

Glasgow City £71,525,949

Highland £13,892,813

Inverclyde £8,122,574

Midlothian £6,050,298

Moray £6,920,485

North Ayrshire £14,705,131

North Lanarkshire £24,845,631

Orkney £357,044

Perth & Kinross £4,592,524

Renfrewshire £18,346,930

Scottish Borders £5,956,313

Shetland £788,470

South Ayrshire £6,231,371

South Lanarkshire £23,420,550

Stirling £3,799,843

West Dunbartonshire £19,396,821

West Lothian £9,719,099.

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