Cabinet to consider plans for continued support to homeless and other vulnerable people
Improving the way we work with our partners to support people at risk of being homeless or those who find themselves on the streets is at the heart of new plans that council’s cabinet will be asked to consider at its next meeting on Wednesday 30 January.
Gloucestershire County Council currently work with district councils and other partner organisations to prevent homelessness by helping people into secure, long term independent living through community and accommodation based support.
The council is asking its cabinet to consider a new way of working which will see a range of support organised under one framework. The county council and partners will be able to access a number of quality approved providers to deliver support to further help vulnerable people in our county.
The new county-wide framework will improve co-ordination of services and assist its preventative approach – making sure people don’t find themselves on the streets in the first place. It will help people get the support they need, when they need it more swiftly; and by sharing information, intelligence and experiences more effectively help the county council and partners to identify potential ways to improve future services and secure additional funding.
Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, said: “Over the last eighteen months, the council has been working with key people and organisations across Gloucestershire to specifically develop options for future arrangements of services.
“The county council is proud of the pivotal role we play working in partnership to support people who are homeless and in other vulnerable circumstances. If agreed by cabinet, this new approach will greatly improve our ability to provide support, so that we can continue to make a real difference to people at risk and their families in Gloucestershire.”
If agreed by council’s cabinet, the county council will lead the development of the framework which could amount to as much as £100m of investment in services over its lifetime. The county council will also engage in a tender process in April 2019 for providers of community and accommodation support services, with a combined investment worth an estimated £66m. The new contracts will be in place from the end of March 2020 when the existing arrangements end.