Support for vulnerable people could be extendedBy Becky Barnes
October 16, 2012
Support for domestic abuse victims, homeless people and older people to live independently will continue if councillors vote to extend contracts with support providers tonight.
Bracknell Forest Council's executive committee agreed in March that steps should be made to secure future services for the Supporting People Programme.
The committee agreed floating support contracts for homeless households should be brought back to generate economies of the cost of services.
If the executive vote in favour of recommendations the contract for housing related support for older people within Bracknell Forest Homes will be extended to March 2016.
Bracknell Forest Homes have offered to offer support to older people in their older person accommodation schemes at a reduced price to the previous contract because they are in the process of restructuring their services.
The organisation has agreed to open up lunch clubs to non-residents at a new extra care scheme and Broadway House.
Contracts with Guinness, Housing 21 and Hanover Housing Associations to provide housing related support to older people could also be extended to March 2016 if councillors give plans the green light.
Councillors have been advised to vote to renew the contract with Look Ahead Housing Association to provide support for homeless households until October 2017.
Look Ahead has also reduced the contract price in return for the five-year contract.
Funding for Berkshire Women's Aid to support victims of domestic violence may be extended until March 2015 if councillors approve plans.
This service provider offers refuge and floating support for those fleeing domestic violence and also provides a domestic abuse perpetrator service.