Issue details

16/00137 - Changes to funding arrangements of housing related support and community alarms in sheltered housing

To work in collaboration with current providers to explore and secure alternative funding models, enabling the gradual withdrawal or reduction of the council’s contribution towards housing related support and community Alarms in sheltered housing by April 2018.


How the decision relates to Corporate Objectives:

Vision for Kent 2012-2022 articulates three big ambitions:

Grow the economy; Tackle disadvantage; Put the citizen in control


This decision aligns with the ambition to tackle disadvantage.  It will ensure that:

·         The devolved funding is considered appropriately and that future funding of supported housing in Kent continues to be sustainable.

·         Revenue is spent appropriately, targeting resources at priority and vulnerable groups, promoting independent living, facilitating social inclusion and keeping people safe and secure.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 19/07/2017

Decision due: Not before 16th Aug 2017 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Reason: in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Melanie Anthony, Commissioning and Development Manager 03000 417208 Email: Tel: 01622 694937.

Consultation process

The public consultation, ‘KCC Draft Budget proposals 2017/18’, was open from 13 October 2016 until 27 November 2016.  The high-level draft budget for 2017/18 proposes considerable budget savings for Adults and Older People’s Services, which includes the savings associated with housing related support for sheltered housing and hard-wired community alarms.


Engagement with landlords, provider organisations and district/ borough councils will be ongoing until the end of March 2018. This engagement has been, and will be, in the form of formal and informal discussions, questionnaires, a workshop, face-to-face meetings and written communications.


The proposed decision was considered by the Adult Social Care and Health Cabinet Committee on 16 January 2017 and the outcome of that meeting was included in the decision paperwork which the Cabinet Member will be asked to sign.


It was discussed further at the Adult Social Care Cabinet Committee on 20 July 2017 and the minute of that discussion is included in the record of decision the Cabinet Member has signed and which is attached to this record.

Financial implications: The financial implications associated with the proposed decision are set out in detail in the recommendation report.

Legal implications: There are no legal implications of the suggested action, subject to the standard termination clauses within the specified contracts.

Equalities implications: An Equalities Impact Assessment has been undertaken. The impact on groups affected will be minimal, and will be carefully managed and mitigated.


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