DCLG said it would provide upper-tier councils with a ring-fenced grant from 2020 for short-term and emergency supported housing, whilst upper-tier authorities would be responsible for creating strategic plans for supported housing, in partnership with other local councils in their area.
CCN welcomes both announcements.
CCN’s spokesman for health and social care, Cllr Colin Noble, said:
“CCN welcomes today’s announcements on supported housing, giving upper-tier local authorities a greater role in commissioning and overseeing short-term supported accommodation. In particular, county leaders will welcome the government’s recommendation that counties lead strategic plans for supported housing and needs assessment.
“This is a recognition of their strategic role in local areas, in social care and wider service provision, allowing them to plan for the right supported homes and services in the right places, working in partnership with local health partners and district councils.
“The model proposed in this consultation is a model that should be considered in other policy areas, most notably in planning and infrastructure where a strategic role for counties could unlock development in two-tier areas.”