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									Supporting People Newsletter
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December 2008

Audit Commission Supporting People Programme Review 2008
The Audit Commission is currently carrying out a national review of the Supporting People Programme. The review will assess the outcomes of the Supporting People programme after 6 years and will update on the progress made since the Audit Commission’s report on the programme on 2005. In conducting the review, the Audit Commission has consulted with providers in conferences and seminars, met with regional lead officer groups including East SP region on 8th December, met with some Chairs of Commissioning Bodies, consulted with users and stakeholders and carried out a survey with all SP lead officers. A consultation feedback form which can be completed by providers, local authorities, service users and other stakeholders has been on the spkweb and SITRA websites with responses being sent to the Audit Commission by 15th December 2008. Views are being sought on: What has worked well? What needs to be changed? What opportunities are there for the future? What concerns do you have for the future? What evidence do you have to support your views? Ideas are being considered on how to improve the delivery of housing related support in the future: It is anticipated that the report on the review will be available in late February 2009 and that presentations on the findings will be held in March 2009. CLG announces future funding arrangements On 26th November, CLG announced changes to the Supporting People programme grant. In 2009/10 the Supporting People programme grant will be paid under section 31 as a non ring-fence named grant and from 2010/11 will be paid as part of the Area Based Grant. This removal of the ring fence provides councils with the opportunity to come up with flexible and innovative ways to support Responses can be sent to	under	the	subject	 “Supporting People Review 2008” or to the address Supporting People Review, Housing Inspectorate, Audit Commission, 1st Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4HQ •	 better	assessments	of	needs •	 improved	support	planning,			 including safeguarding •	 raising	the	quality	of	support	services •	 involving	service	users	in	the		 planning and delivery of services •	 joining	up	services	and	funding •	 improving	value	for	money •	 measuring	outcomes	for	users,		 	 policy makers and funders 	 	

Working together for high quality support vulnerable people in a range of different situations. CLG are developing a transition package to support the delivery of Supporting People as part of this new change, as we move towards inclusion of Supporting People into the Area Based Grant from 2010/11.

Government urged to protect Supporting People
On 14 November 2008 the National Housing Federation summarised findings from its survey of SP funding and commissioning. Less than 10% of the services surveyed had contracts that went beyond April 2009. The Federation has reported to the CLG, stressing the importance of protecting services when the ring fence is lifted in April 2009. Inside Housing report:

Consultation on the review of No Secrets
On 16 October 2008 the Department of Health wrote to the Directors of Social Services in England, launching a consultation of the No Secrets guidance. Please see ‘Consultations’ at the end of this newsletter. Action on Elder Abuse response:

Online counselling service for young people wins award
On 13 October 2008 ‘’ won a Local Government IT Excellence Award. is a free, confidential, counselling service for young people. Counselling is available via chat or	messaging,	on	any	subject,	including	low	 confidence, being in care, feeling depressed, drinking or drugging, relationships, sexuality, abuse, eating disorders and self harm. - online counselling service for young people:

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Online information service for advisers
On 5 November 2008 Turn2us launched an expanded website and is encouraging support workers to sign up to use its free services. The Turn2us website provides an incomerelated benefits checker, a grants search and resources on a broad range of money issues.

for 2009-10 and 2010-11. To secure the grant, Supporting People lead officers need to return the Expression of Interest form. Foundations Policy Bulletin:

Adult abuse safeguarding arrangements are inconsistent
On 4 November 2008 the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) published ‘Safeguarding adults: A study of the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard adults from abuse’. The report states that the	quality	of	safeguarding	adults	practice	 varies significantly between areas.

Help with money problems in tough times
On 13 October 2008 the financial watchdog the Financial Services Authority (FSA) updated the ‘Manage Your Money’ campaign. The website has a whole range of online tools and resources, including a budget calculator, a mortgage calculator, a debt test and the ‘Making your budget work for you’ guide.

Guide for older people losing their hearing or eyesight
On 28 October 2008 Counsel and Care published a guide for people who are losing their hearing or eyesight. Aimed at older people, their families and carers, the guide outlines the services, support and equipment	that	people	may	be	entitled	to.

Easier to claim benefits when moving in and out of work
On 20 October 2008 the Department for Work and Pensions announced that people who move in and out of work will find it easier to claim benefits. Under new processes to be rolled out, Jobcentre Plus will collect information for Jobseekers Allowance, Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims.

Three simple steps for older people to keep warm
On 10 November 2008 the British Gas Help the Aged Partnership published a free pack describing three simple steps that older people can take to ensure they keep warm this winter. Each winter between 20,000 and 50,000 older people die from cold-related illnesses.

Government announces funding for handyperson services
On 12 November 2008 the CLG wrote to all chief executives of top-tier local authorities in England to inform them of the availability of a Minor Repair and Adaptation ‘handyperson’ grant allocation

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Extensive review of the Blue Badge Scheme
On 20 October 2008 Transport Minister Paul Clark announced a further overhaul of the Blue Badge scheme. The review extends the scheme to seriously disabled Armed Forces personnel and veterans, people with temporary but serious mobility problems, young children with specific disabilities and individuals with severe mental impairments.

Drug misuse findings
On 30 October 2008 the Home Office published ‘Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2007/08 British Crime Survey’, which examines trends of drug use among 16 to 59 year olds, with particular focus on young people aged 16 to 24.

Tougher action on cannabis
On	13	October	2008	Home	Secretary	Jacqui	 Smith stated that people caught carrying cannabis for a second time could face a fine of £80 and arrest if caught for a third time. The decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug was made on 7 May 2008. Cannabis will become Class B drug on 26 January 2009.

Help for people with severe alcohol problems
On 5 November 2008 Public Health Minister, Dawn Primarolo, announced £6m for the ‘Alcohol Improvement Programme’, to help the areas of the country most seriously affected by alcohol-related harm. One	objective	of	the	programme	is	to	 increase access to specialist treatment.

Drug and Alcohol Education
On 28 October 2008 the Advisory Group on Drug and Alcohol Education published ‘Drug Education: An entitlement for all - A report to Government’. This report examines the effectiveness of drug and alcohol information and education for young people.

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Other news
Adult care eligibility criteria is “flawed”
On 22 October 2008 the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) published ‘Cutting the cake fairly: CSCI review of eligibility criteria for social care’. The report finds that the current system for assessing whether a person is eligible for social care is flawed. It recommends changes to ensure a consistent approach. Government response:

Health and Safety Executive launch guidance for worker involvement
On 14 October 2008 the Health and Safety Executive launched new guidance for involving employees in managing workplace health and safety. The guidance has been brought up-to-date to reflect the current diversity of working arrangements, and includes the legal duty to involve employees or their representatives.

Sleeping rough increasing in London
On 1 November 2008 the Simon Community carried out its twice-yearly headcount of eight London boroughs. The count found 263 homeless people sleeping rough in central London, compared with 165 in April 2008. The count does not include people sleeping in parks, disused buildings or inaccessible places.

The National Plan for Domestic Violence
On 31 October 2008 the Home Office published the ‘National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan: Annual progress report 2007/08’. The plan aims to increase early identification and intervention, build capacity within the sector, provide effective advice and support, and improve	the	criminal	justice	response.

Extension of victims’ rights under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
From 3 November 2008, victims’ rights under the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 will be extended to victims of offenders who are detained, or on supervised community treatment, as unrestricted patients under Part 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2008 is ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’, which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities. The 2008 Theme is ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity	and	justice	for	all	of	us’.

charity calls on the government to review the benefits and tax credit systems and take urgent action to help lone parents manage the transition into work.

Managing mental health and employment
On 4 November 2008 the Social Policy Research Unit, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, published ‘Managing mental health and employment’. The report investigates the experiences of people with a mental health condition who continued to work in paid employment while unwell.

New regulator to replace Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)
In October 2008 the Care Quality Commission became a legal entity. From April 2009 the Care Quality Commission will take over from Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission. It will be responsible for regulating and improving the	quality	of	social	care	and	health.

New Change4Life project to encourage healthy families
On 11 November 2008 the Health Secretary Alan Johnson launched Change4Life, created to change the lives of families by improving diet, exercise and attitudes to	good	health.	The	project	involves	 local organisations and charities.

Changes to the Mental Health Act come into force
From 3 November 2008 most of the remaining provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007 come into force, with the exception of deprivation of liberty safeguards, advocacy and ageappropriate environments for those under 18.

Single parents and the challenges of working
On 5 November 2008 Citizens Advice published a report ‘Barriers to work: Lone parents and the challenges of work’. The

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Tenant Services Authority ready to launch
On 5 November 2008 Peter Marsh, Chief Executive Designate of the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) wrote to the Chief Executives of local authorities and housing associations throughout England, to introduce the new social housing regulator. The Tenant Services Authority launches on 1 December 2008.

Recent inspection results
Hertfordshire County Council
13 November 2008 Poor Service – Uncertain Prospects

Shropshire County Council
9 October 2008. Poor Service – Promising Prospects

Protection from Abuse: Review of the No Secrets guidance
On 16 October 2008 Care Services Minister Phil Hope launched a consultation on the review of the No Secrets guidance, the future of adult safeguarding in England. The consultation is for everyone, including service users, housing officers and support workers. Closing date: 31 January 2009. Legislation to protect adults in Scotland was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 15 February 2007, ‘The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007’. Easy-read version of the consultation document: Easy-read answer booklet:

Date for the diary
SP Forum
Date: Wednesday 14 January 2009 Time: 10am Venue: Peterhouse Centre, Forest Rise, London E17 Main agenda items are updates from Barking and Dagenham’s experience of the national pilots on self directed support and the pathfinder pilot on lifting the ring fence from SP grant.

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Useful Training
Assessment Interviewing Skills
The new one-day course ‘Assessment Interviewing Skills’ is for people who wish to increase their understanding of how positive and motivational assessments can be achieved. The course includes the four stages of an effective assessment process and Egan’s model for a helping relationship. Central London 12 February 2009 To book, please click BOOKING	-	If	you	would	like	to	request	 a place please return the booking form to us – see link below. Your place is secured when you have received confirmation	and	joining	instructions. AVAILABILITY - To check availability please click: COST - The cost is £135 per person for the one-day event, or £121.50 per person for two or more delegate bookings (10% discount).

THE COURSE	-	The	course	is	for	Project	 Workers with responsibility for assessment interviewing, who need to establish and build effective relationships with service users. For details please click: The Assessment Interviewing Skills course has comprehensive content and to accommodate this, the day runs from 9.30 to 16.45. The trainer is Martin Hewett, B.A (Hons), Dip.Psych.Couns. This course can be delivered in-house:

Waltham Forest Council’s Supporting People Team would like to wish all its providers, stakeholders and service users a very Happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

Supporting People Team

Cedar Wood House 2d Fulbourne Rd Walthamstow E17 4GG Tel: 020 8496 3000 Email: Web:

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