Housing Related Support Consultation

Closed 3 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018

Feedback Updated 9 Apr 2019

We Asked

We asked for stakeholder views on the sustainability of the discretionary nature of many of the housing related support services the Council has provided up to this point.  We also asked for feedback on any impacts which might result from the Cabinet Member's approval of a process which could lead to the termination of any of the current housing support contracts with providers from April 2019 onwards.

You Said

We received 721 responses, and a range of stakeholders took part in this engagement exercise inlcuding service users(20%) , residents (52%) , staff (16%) and interested/partner organisations (12%).  Respondents were asked to share thier views regarding changes to the service in the light of a proposed reduction to the Housing Related Support budget from April 2019. 

We Did

Feedback from this process of engagement was used to inform funding decisions for these services in December 2018 and to plan for their impact.  In December 2018 the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health has approved  that:

1.   The County Council allocates a core budget of £4.6 million in 2019/20 and £2.3 million in 2020/21 for investment in Housing Related Support, this investment to be used to meet the Council’s statutory duties and address the risk that reducing targeted prevention will lead to increased demand pressure in other areas,  

2.   All current Housing Related Support Contracts to be terminated by 30th September 2019 and new contractual arrangements developed to commence on the 1st October 2019.   Additional assurance on the implementation period and impact mitigation will be provided through a continuous review process with providers and partners between January and September 2019 to ensure that the revised contracts are deliverable and the impact of these changes are minimised.  

3.   The County Council works closely with strategic partners, providers and stakeholders to remodel the service offer in line with statutory responsibilities, revised service priorities and the financial envelope.

 4.   The County Council will collaborate with the District and Borough Councils to facilitate a county wide Homelessness Reduction Strategy so that funding streams available from Central Government can be sourced.

Please click on the following link for further details about the  Housing Related Support - AH11(18/19) decision.


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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