Support services to continue at reduced costBy Becky Barnes
October 22, 2012
Support for domestic abuse victims, homeless people and older people to live independently will continue with the same providers.
Bracknell Forest Council’s executive committee voted on Tuesday in favour of extending contracts with providers in return for the same services at a cut price.
Simon Hendey, chief housing officer, recommended the executive members approve recommendations in return for savings of £127,500. This is £40,311 more than the amount they needed to reduce.
The executive agreed in March that steps should be made to secure future services for the Supporting People Programme.
Councillors agreed floating support contracts for homeless households should be brought back to generate economies of the cost of services.
The contract for housing-related support for older people within Bracknell Forest Homes (BFH) has been extended to March 2016.
BFH offered to support older people in their older person accommodation schemes at a reduced price to the previous contract because it is in the process of restructuring its services.
The organisation 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 have been extended to March 2016.
Look Ahead Housing Association contract for homeless household support has been renewed until October 2017. The association reduced the cost in return for the five-year contract.
Funding for Berkshire Women’s Aid to support victims of domestic violence has been extended until March 2015. The service offers refuge and floating support for those fleeing domestic violence and provides a domestic abuse perpetrator service.
Councillor Gareth Barnard, executive member for children and young people, said it was important to continue contracts with providers who knew Bracknell Forest.
He said: “We take our responsibilities and obligations to those who need support very seriously.”