Sitra puts values of Supporting People strategy to the vote
Supported housing professionals were due to vote yesterday on whether the government's long-awaited Supporting People strategy has stayed true to the original values of the programme.
The vote, at Sitra's national conference, was planned to follow a debate by delegates on the merits of the Independence and opportunity strategy, published in June.
The debate against the motion was due to be led by Sitra board member Maurice Condie, chief executive of Byker Bridge Housing Association.
He said he would argue that the government was moving away from its earlier stated commitment to simplify the funding arrangements for housing support.
'[The government] has replaced the old, occasionally complex, funding system with things that are more complex, more administratively cumbersome,' he said. This diverted authorities' attention 'away from the core job of delivering support to vulnerable individuals,' he added.
Mr Condie was due to debate against fellow Sitra board member Andrew van Doorn, acting director of the Housing Association Charitable Trust. Mr van Doorn said that the strategy did stay true to the original principles of nurturing the independence of service users.
He also welcomed the focus given in the strategy to outcomes. 'What impacts providers have and what impact strategically the programme has at a local level is much more important [than processes],' he told Inside Housing.