Saturday, 30 May 2015

Brighton promises to protect services

Brighton and Hove Council has announced it will protect its services for vulnerable people by keeping cuts to a minimum.

It hopes the move will protect the 4,500 people who rely on services funded through Supporting People. The annual budget of £11.2 million will be protected, with the council issuing a 12 per cent reduction over four years – 3 per cent each year - in line with wider local authority cuts.

The announcement comes as fears grow that many other councils will apply severe cuts to supported housing services to allow them to protect other areas.

Maria Caulfield, cabinet member for housing in Brighton and Hove, said: ‘We are pleased to announce that we are protecting the Supporting People programme and are fully committed to helping the most vulnerable people in the city to live as independently as possible.’

The council claims that for every £1 spent on Supporting People services the city saves £3.24 through reduced visits to A&E, lower housing costs and less crime.

Andy Winter, chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust, said: ‘It is to the great credit of Brighton and Hove City Council, and those councillors who are having to make very difficult decisions at this time, that a high priority has been given to those men and women in the most acute need.’

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