Shapps defends SP ring fence decision
The housing minister has defended the government’s decision not to re-instate the ring fence for the supporting people budget.
The ring fence for supporting people, which provides housing-related support services, was removed in April 2009 by the previous Labour government. This has led to councils slashing supporting people budgets.
Grant Shapps, speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester this week, rejected calls to reinstate the ring fence.
He said: ‘If you just take the view of ring-fencing everything…..you would be back in the mess of trying to dictate how every penny is spent from Whitehall.’