Cuts to Supporting People programme threaten most vulnerable

Posted on Tue 6 Sep 2011

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A study carried out by the Guardian has found that councils are proposing drastic cuts to the Supporting People programme, in spite of evidence that providing these services may ultimately save the taxpayer money.  Supporting People was set up in 2003 to provide housing support for vulnerable groups, including older people, victims of domestic violence or people with disabilities, in order remove the need for more expensive social care or emergency interventions.  According to research from Capgemini, ‘every pound spent on supporting older people and drug problems generates a £4 net benefit’.