Housing Related Support Consultation

Closed 3 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018

Feedback expected 31 Dec 2018


The County Council commissions a range of housing related support services through contracts with voluntary sector organisations. The services involved include specialist accommodation based schemes for residents who are at risk of homelessness as well as ‘floating support’ to residents living in community settings rather than a supported housing scheme. 

Funding to support these services used to be provided to the County Council via a ring fenced government grant as part of the Supporting People programme.  This was removed in 2011, since when the County Council has continued to fund services from its base budget. 

In view of the discretionary nature of many of the services involved it is proposed that consideration be given to whether these services are sustainable and so the Cabinet Member has approved a process which could lead to the termination of any of the current housing support contracts with providers from April 2019 onwards. This process of engagement will be used to gather evidence to inform funding decisions for these services in December 2018 and to plan for their impact.


Why We Are Consulting

The County Council welcomes residents’ views as part of this process to enable difficult decisions to be taken with the benefit of informed comment about the impact they may have.  We regret that we are unable to reply to individual comments but all views will be carefully considered before any decisions are made.

How to have your say

You can have your say by completing the survey below, or by emailing your comments to us at Housing.related.support@westsussex.gov.uk  or by writing to us at the following address:

Have Your Say - Housing Related Support
West Sussex County Council
PO19 1RQ

Please noteThe meeting of the council’s Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny committee (HASC) has been moved to 12 December to ensure the committee can consider all views following the end of the consultation period which closes on 3 December. As a result of this, a previous notice stating views needed to be submitted by 9 November for consideration by HASC is no-longer a requirement.

 If you require this survey in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 777100, email us at  Housing.related.support@westsussex.gov.uk or via NGT Text Relay 18001 01243 777100.

A pdf version of the survey is attached below and can be downloaded, printed and returned to us via email or via the Freepost address if needed.


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