Supported accommodation for people with mental health issues consultation

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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 funding which is used by your provider to deliver the housing support you receive in supported housing or through the visiting support service you receive. As part of the savings, the county council is proposing to stop funding housing support for people with mental health issues by March 2017.

This proposal will affect all supported accommodation across Lancashire including accommodation which is intended to be:

- short-term (eg less than two years); or
- longer term (eg more than two years or a home for life).

Although we are unclear what this will mean for you at this stage, there is a possibility that any of the following could take place in the next year:

- the service continues with major changes (eg different types of services offered in the accommodation or change in way in which the service is delivered);
- the service continues with little change as the provider has managed to obtain other funding to allow the service to continue; or
- the service ends.

Lancashire County Council is committed to working with your provider to make sure you are supported through this period of change.

Your provider will be looking into how they can fund the service if the housing support funding provided by Lancashire County Council is withdrawn and they will be consulting directly with you during 2016.

It is important for Lancashire County Council to understand what the implications of withdrawing the funding for the supported accommodation service would be. With this in mind, we would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to share your views about your experience in the service.

Please complete this questionnaire if you are currently receiving housing support from any of these providers of supported accommodation in Lancashire:

- Creative Support
- Imagine
- Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
- Lancashire Mind
- Making Space
- Richmond Fellowship
- Sanctuary Housing Association
- North West Community Services (floating support service only)

This questionnaire will help us understand more about the service you currently receive, how important the service is to you and your thoughts about how the proposals could affect you. Your views and comments will be fed back to the county council's cabinet.

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 03/06/2016 - 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