Boost for vulnerable people as council reduces cuts
Birmingham Council has decided to reduce its cut to spending on vulnerable people by £1.9 million after a resident consultation.
An online survey showed potential risks of cutting the spending included the well-being of vulnerable people and greater costs for other services, such as police, probation and health.
As a result, the Supporting People budget will only be reduced by £1.9 million this year, rather than £3.8 million, to £41.8 million.
The findings, outlined in the council’s budget for 2012/13, found that the reductions at the proposed level put smaller providers at risk and result in council job losses. There was also a possibility that service users would be required to pay for services when welfare reforms were cutting their money.
A spokesperson from Birmingham Council said the programme provides vital housing related support to assist a wide range of vulnerable people to live independently.
‘The decision to reduce the level of savings required followed the most extensive budget consultation ever undertaken by the council,’ he said.
‘Strong representations were received from citizens, service users and voluntary sector organisations about the importance of prevention services provided by the Supporting People budget and the need to safeguard vulnerable people’.