Council cuts to the Supporting People budget: have your say before 5th September

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2 August, 2017

 

A combination of drastic reductions to central government grants and the rising demands of an ageing population, means that Bristol City Council has to cut its ‘supporting people’ budget.
 
This includes services such as:
 
  • Supported accommodation for people with mental health issues or a learning difficulty
  • Sheltered housing
  • Advice services, and
  • Floating Support - that brings support to people in their own homes.
 
Following a consultation that ran between October 2016 and February 2017, the Full Council decided to reduce the Supporting People budget by £1.8m. Clearly this will impact the beneficiaries of many VCSE organisations in Bristol. Now is your chance to have a say in where the savings will be made.
 
Bristol City Council wants your views on the options that it has set out and your ideas on new ways that these services can be delivered.
 
You will have an opportunity to comment on specific services at the end of the questionnaire.
 
How to take part
 
The last of eight public consultation events took place on 24 July, however there is still time to take the survey, which closes on 5 September 2017.
 
Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team: consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848.
 
What will happen next?
 
The feedback will be analysed and combined with the views of other local groups and partners. Bristol City Council will also be carrying out Equalities Impact Assessments. All will be taken in to consideration in developing a set of final proposals that match local needs, wherever possible. 
 
The Mayor and his Cabinet will review all of this evidence to make a final decision. The consultation results and the council’s decision on how to deliver future services will be published later in 2017.
 
 
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