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Supported Housing Month in Brighton & Hove

Monday (15th November) marked the beginning of South East Supported Housing Month. I was very happy to offer my support to this initiative last year and am delighted to be able to do so again this year.

A whole range of events are taking place across the City to raise awareness of the value that supported housing brings to communities and the contribution it makes to some of our key priorities as a Council – housing, social care, health, crime, teenage pregnancy, homelessness and alcohol and substance misuse.

The Supporting People programme is the Council’s key source of funding for supporting vulnerable people to stay safe and secure in their homes. In Brighton & Hove it funds 39 local organisations to support about 5,000 vulnerable people across the whole City.

Services range from those that work with young people needing support to develop their independence, through to helping older people to stay healthy and remain in their own homes. There are also Supporting People services for people with mental health or substance misuse support needs – or who are homeless or sleeping rough.

I was pleased to see in the Government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review that Supporting People funding has been largely protected and will total £6.5 billion nationally over the next 4 years.

Money that we spend on preventative services such as Supporting People is very much ‘spend to save’. Since Supporting People was launched in 2003, we estimate that it has saved tax payers up to £30 million a year by preventing hospital visits, residential care costs and homelessness. Put another way, every pound we have spent has saved £3.24 on other public services.

If you are interested in finding out more about the services the Council offers for vulnerable people please contact our officers – supportingpeople@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Extra Care in Brighton & Hove

It is now a well established fact amongst statisticians and policy makers that the UK has an ageing population. For example, by 2033 the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to more than double to 3.2 million, and to account for 5 per cent of the total population. Amazingly, in 1983, there were only 600,000 people in this age group.

These trends obviously have serious implications for local councils such as ours, who provide lots of services and specialist accommodation for older people.

artist impressionOne particular type of housing which I think will become much more common in the coming years is extra care housing. Yesterday, I attended the opening of one such facility – Patching Lodge, just off Eastern Road in Brighton. This is a fantastic state-of-the-art block which we have developed in partnership with Hanover Housing Association and we are very lucky indeed to have secured it.

Extra care is such an attractive option to many older people because it allows them to retain their independence in self-contained flats, but also gives them the peace of mind of having support and care on site 24 hours a day.

However, if we are to meet the challenges posed by the ageing population I think that our primary aim should be to provide choice for people. Clearly, many will want to remain in their existing homes for as long as possible and we need to help them to do that. But providing high quality extra care accommodation alongside our existing ‘normal’ sheltered housing is going to be vital if we are to meet people’s high expectations into the future.


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