Please see below for the latest news from the Pembrokeshire Supporting People Team:
Latest News Summer 2012
National Supporting People Guidance
The Supporting People programme is in a transition year. The new national Supporting People Guidance was released on 27th July 2012 and the new ways of working are currently being implemented. The biggest changes include a new governance structure, a single funding stream for Local Authorities to administer and the re-distribution of funding between Local Authorities. This will have the following impact on Pembrokeshire:
The new governance structure involves establishing Regional Collaborative Committees (RCC) in each of six Welsh regions; Pembrokeshire is in the Mid & West region with our partners Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys. The RCC consists of elected members, service providers, landlords, Health and Probation representatives, service users and Local Authority Officers. The purpose of the group is to develop regional and local delivery of the Supporting People Programme to ensure the most efficient and effective services.
The Supporting People funding streams have been merged into a single grant and this is being administered by Local Authorities with effect from 1st August 2012. This gives Local Authorities greater flexibility and control over the ways in which we commission services previously administered by Welsh Government.
A new formula for the distribution of funding to Local Authorities has been developed. As a result Pembrokeshire's funding has increased by £90k this year, with further increases of £340k and £470k over the next 2 years. These increases will allow Pembrokeshire to strengthen its housing related support services across the county. So if you are aware of gaps in the provision of these services the Supporting People team would like to hear from you now more than ever.
A copy of the new Supporting People Guidance 2012 can be downloaded below;
Service Reviews & Monitoring
The Supporting people Team has recently completed reviews of the Domestic Abuse Floating Support Service and The Bridge Project operated by Gwalia Care and Support and the Substance Misuse Floating Support Service operated by Pembrokeshire Care Society. Reviews of all SP funded sheltered and alarm services are currently underway with the aim that these are completed by November 2012.
Reviews of The Mental Health Non Statutory Support Service and the Crisis Support Service will take place in September.
Following the reviews outlined above, reviews shall then begin to take place of the formerly SPRG funded services. The order of these reviews is yet to be finalised, but Providers will be advised as and when the order is decided.
Quarterly monitoring has been received from all Service providers in Pembrokeshire for the 2011/2012 financial year. Q1 monitoring has been received for this financial year and the deadline for Q2 is 5th October 2012.
Local Commissioning Plan (Supporting People Operational Plan)
Draft project proposals submitted by the 15th June 2012 deadline are being evaluated for potential submission to the Support People Planning Group meeting in September 2012.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those Service providers and organisations that have prepared and submitted proposals this year.
Despite having met the project proposal submission date for this year, we welcome the submission of project proposals for the 2014/2015 financial year. Please contact the Supporting People team with any ideas or suggestions for Services, either new or existing, which could benefit from Supporting People funding. The team can provide you with a service proposal template to complete, and advice if necessary.
It should be noted that the Local Commissioning Plan replaces the Supporting People Operational Plan, please contact the Supporting People team for further details.
Pembrokeshire County Council / Cyngor Sir Penfro
County Hall / Neuadd y Sir
Haverfordwest / Hwlfordd
Tel: 01437 764551
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