Floating support (MAPPA & IOM) service user consultation 2016

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Purpose Lancashire County Council is required to make savings of 262m by 2020/21. This extremely difficult financial position is the result of continued cuts in Government funding, rising costs and rising demand for our key services.

Lancashire County Council currently provides all of the funding which is used to deliver the county wide specialist floating support services for people who have a history of offending. As part of the savings, the county council is proposing to stop funding the floating support service by March 2017.

What is specialist floating support service (MAPPA & IOM)?
The specialist floating support service is a free service which provides short term intensive housing related support to help people settle into independent housing. This service is for high risk offenders subject to Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and to offenders identified exclusively through the revolution panel identified as Integrated Offender Management (IOM) but not exclusively PPO and have been released from custody and or are under statutory supervision.

The specialist floating support service tasks often include:
- help people move to temporary (short term) or permanent home and to avoid eviction or re-possession (eg rent payments, reporting repairs, resolving neighbourhood disputes);
- sorting out any money or debt problems;
- helping people deal with a short term personal crisis and any issues that might seem overwhelming;
- supporting people to live healthy lives;
- helping people to stay safe at home and in the community;
- improving people's employment, training and leisure opportunities; and
- helping people to become more independent or stay independent in the community.

The specialist floating support service should not be confused with personal care services (eg help with cleaning, cooking, bathing, which many people in Lancashire also receive). Neither is the specialist floating support service a replacement service for professional advice eg solicitors, financial experts.

Although we are not yet clear what this will mean for the Lancashire County Council funded specialist floating support service run by DISC, there is a possibility for any or some of the following to take place:
- the service ends;
- the service continues with major changes (eg reduction in number of staff, new types of support services);
- the service continues with little change as provider has managed to obtain other funding (eg from charities, not Supporting People).

As the specialist floating support service only delivers short term support this proposal might not affect you directly. However, it could affect other people who may need to use this service after March 2017.

This questionnaire will help us understand more about the floating support service you currently receive, how important the service is to you and your thoughts about how the proposals could affect you.

If you wish to provide a response to these proposals, please complete this questionnaire no later than 7 August 2016.

You can answer all the questions or just the ones that you are concerned about.

If you feel that you need some support to help you understand or respond to this questionnaire please contact your provider who can support you directly or provide access to advocacy services in your area.
Subject Other topic
Commissioned by Supporting People

Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Service users
Date 16/05/2016 - 07/08/2016
Undertaken by Business Intelligence

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For more information about this research contact:

(01772) 534266
Email: haveyoursay@lancashire.gov.uk