Caerphilly county borough council has established a small Supporting People team that is responsible for the administration of the Supporting People Grant and the review of all schemes that receive funding from the grant.
We produce the annual Supporting People Operational Plan, commission new Supporting People services and administer a grant of £5.1m to fund services from 36 agencies from the voluntary, private and statutory sectorsThis scheme is one of the largest in Wales. The total budget for Supporting People services in the County borough exceeds £6 million, which includes the Supporting People Revenue Grant funding paid directly to accredited providers.
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The aim of the Supporting People programme is to enable people to remain in an independent living situation, avoiding institutional care such as hospital, prison or in the extreme, life on the streets. It also aims to help people in institutional care move to a more independent and stable home in the community.
The programme came into operation in April 2003. It rationalised the funding that was previously delivered in an ad hoc way through Housing Benefit as well as replacing many complicated methods of obtaining funding.
It replaced the Transitional Housing Benefit Scheme (THB), which was the main method for claiming housing related support.
The Supporting People Programme does not cover all services people might consider to be supported. It focuses on services that are related to ensuring people can manage to live safely and securely in their own home. The support is tailored to individual needs and includes:
The above list is not exhaustive, but it shows the type of support services considered to be housing related. However, the Programme does not cover health and social care services such as community meals and personal care such as bathing, toileting etc. Nor does it cover housing management and maintenance.