Hill pledges pipeline funds for two years
The government will give local authorities £81 million in pipeline funding for Supporting People services over the next two years, housing minister Keith Hill has announced.
Authorities will receive revenue funding of £29 million in 2003/04 to continue developing services that have already had capital investment. In 2004/05 they will get £52 million.
Mr Hill said: ‘Some proposals were unrealistic – for example some bids were presented with costs per person in excess of £50,000 per year. As a result some costs have been capped.
‘There are also many very good examples of how services can function within the grant allocation.'
The government's Supporting People chief Bert Provan told conference delegates that the two allocations differed because the remainder of 2003/04 was not a full year. And he emphasised that councils would have discretion to switch pipeline funding from one scheme to another.
He told Inside Housing: ‘They have got a lot of flexibility and they really do need to look at what they have got.'
Mr Provan told delegates that they now needed to begin reviewing their Supporting People services. He said the government was ‘likely' to announce in the next few weeks that councils must produce their five-year strategy by early 2004.
‘We need an honest appraisal of what's been transferred and an uncritical approach will be very unhelpful,' he said.
He stressed that the government wanted to encourage a regional approach to Supporting People.
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