Magazine article Public Finance

Vulnerable Adults at Risk as Grants Are Cut Back

Magazine article Public Finance

Vulnerable Adults at Risk as Grants Are Cut Back

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Local authorities are struggling to provide appropriate housing for vulnerable adults because of cuts in the Supporting People grant, the Commission for Social Care Inspection has found.

The CSCI's report, Supporting People promoting independence, published on May 9, found that many services that help house up to 1.2 million homeless people, older people or people with learning disabilities or mental illnesses, would be 'unsustainable' once the five-year SP grant ends in 2008.

Current levels of funding - reduced from £1.8bn in 2003 to £1.69m in 2006/07 were also tight, the CSCI found. Uncertainty over how much each council's future allocations would be cut meant that it was not possible to plan ahead.

With regards to services for adults with learning disabilities, the CSCI said: 'It is clear there needs to be a radical review of supported housing... as there are growing concerns as to whether some of the current costs and models of support are sustainable. …

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