81% cut to 'Supporting People' funding is largest ever

  • Derby Council has confirmed that they have agreed the biggest cut ever made by a local authority to a Supporting People budget. 

     The council intend to reduce this year's planned budget of £9.3 million this financial year to £6.6 million, and then reduce the Supporting People budget to £3.8 million in 2013/14 and to £1.8 million in 2014/15. This equates to an 81% cut over three years.

    Budget Cuts

    The council have said it needs to make the cuts because of reduced funds from central government and to protect its statutory services.

    A spokesperson for the Labour-led council said:

    A consultation exercise on the strategy for how the budget is prioritised is currently underway and it is proposed that a report on the consultation findings and final recommendations will be taken to cabinet in March 2013.

    Union Unite condemned the decision saying it had written to Derby Council's leader Paul Bayliss warning him not to allow these cuts. 

    Sally Kosky, Unite national officer, said:

    Derby Council's decision means that at least one of the city's few remaining providers plans to cut its service to the bone, with fewer support workers on greatly reduced salaries, some below the living wage.

    Unite is bitterly disappointed by Derby Council's decision. We argue that rather than going along with an approach which means destroying high quality services and undermining the salary and working conditions of employees, employers should join with us and responsible funders in agreeing basic standards.

    Umbrella organisation Homeless Link has been in talks with the council to prevent the cut, with chief executive Rick Henderson calling it ‘outrageous'.

    Source: Inside Housing


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