Friday, 09 October 2015

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.

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