Cuts Watch #39: Support cut for homeless people and for women at risk of domestic violence
Significant cuts are likely in this year’s Supporting People budgets. Supporting People aims to: “provide housing related support to vulnerable people to enable them to live more independently.” The programme supports around one million people at any one time, including:
- 815,000 older people with support needs;
- 39,000 single homeless people;
- 36,000 people with mental health problems and;
- 10,000 women at risk of domestic violence.
Community Care report that in East Sussex the Supporting People team have emailed providers warning that the government’s plan to reduce grants to English councils by £1.2bn in 2010-11 will mean cuts of around 20 per cent will be made this year. Community Care calculate that if the East Sussex estimate was repeated nationally £300m will be removed from Supporting People. As this fund is no longer ring-fenced, it is particularly vulnerable.