Friday, 25 April 2014

Payment by results to tackle rough sleeping

Westminster Council plans to introduce payment by results and an innovation fund as part of a new three-year strategy to tackle rough sleeping in the borough.

The local authority says it will introduce a payment-by-results element to new contracts to ensure that it focuses on commissioning services ‘that make a difference’.

A spokesperson said the percentage of the contract value that is held back until targets are met would vary according to the contract.

The council also expects to launch a fund in April next year with the aim of ‘fostering the development of a marketplace for innovation within the sector’ by nurturing social enterprise from existing providers and other groups. However it is unable to put a figure on the allocation yet or say how this innovation fund might work.

The proposals are among those outlined in the local authority’s draft rough sleeping strategy for 2013/2016. Consultation on the document closed last month and the council expects to publish its final strategy later this month or in early August.

There were 1,500 new rough sleepers in Westminster during the financial year 2011/12, up from 955 during the same period in 2010/11.  

The draft strategy notes that while 52 per cent of the rough sleepers on Westminster’s streets are British, the borough is seeing reducing numbers of British nationals and increasing numbers of foreign nationals.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Joe Halewood

    "The local authority says it will introduce a payment-by-results element to new contracts to ensure that it focuses on commissioning services ‘that make a difference’....TO...?

    To the costs the council has
    To the statistics the council has to compile
    To the embarrassment the council has to face over this..

    Yet probably not to those sleeping rough.

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  • There are the problems of those who have addictions of various substances, and left untreated they become the rough sleepers.

    I have always felt that we should be more aware of the reasons and the problems.

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  • Why are the tories causing so many problems for the vulnerable anyway ?I have an idea stop the bedroom charge. Surely this will cost more.Watching ian Duncan smith universal credit committee he's nowhere ready .He is stalling and telling porkies.

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  • This a far wider societal issue - and one that needs detailed interface with health services - given that many homeless are suffering from addictions or other mental health issues - which act to prevent them from being able to take care of themselves generally.

    Even in the best of economic climates - rehabilitation in to normal society is challenging for this group - but in a prolonged world wide recession will be far more challenging.

    When addictions are merely a symptom of deeper underlying malaise there are two core issues to address - and both need full cooperation of the individual - which often is not forthcoming.

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  • The problem is simple to understand, so why such language to describe a solution such as 'fostering the development of a marketplace for innovation within the sector by nurturing social enterprise from existing providers'! What world do people who use such language inhabit? Certainly not the world of rough sleeping. Does anybody know how much these 'contracts' cost and are they value for money?

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