Reductions to Supporting People budgets

Closed 5 Sep 2017

Opened 13 Jun 2017

Results Updated 3 Dec 2017

Please see below the published consultation report and updated equalities impact assessment:

Supporting People 2017 Final Consultation Report

Supporting People 2017 updated equality impact

Final recommendations for how we deliver these services in the future will be going to Cabinet on Monday 4 December. The recommendations are available in full in the Cabinet agenda papers.

We have produced BSL versions of the Supporting People Cabinet Papers. Please find them below:

BSL - Cabinet Executive Summary

BSL - Appendix A - Further essential background and detail

BSL - Appendix B - Consultation Report

BSL - Appendix E - Equalities Impact Assessment

We have also produced an audio version of the Supporting People Cabinet Papers which you can download below:

Audio - Cabinet Executive Summary

Audio - Appendix A - Further essential background and detail

Audio - Appendix B - Consultation Report

Audio - Appendix E - Equalities Impact Assessment


Due to reductions in central government grant and the needs of a growing and ageing population, the council will have less money to provide services in Bristol over the next five years.

We consulted on which service areas would be reduced from October 2016 - January 2017 and in February 2017, the Full Council decided to reduce the Supporting People budget by  £1.8m.

What this means for the service

This budget reduction means we need to rethink the way we fund Supporting People services.

There are a number of different services funding from the Supporting People budget, including services such as:

  • supported accommodation for people with mental health issues or a learning difficulty,
  • sheltered housing,
  • advice services and
  • “floating support” that supports people in their own homes.

In order to develop proposals to meet the budget savings we need to consider a number of different ways of reducing the budget to these services.

We have already consulted on savings proposals for Dementia Care, Bristol Youth Links and recommissioning alcohol and other drug misuse services for adults.

Next steps

The responses will be analysed and your feedback, along with the views of other local groups and partners and the results of our Equalities Impact Assessments, will be taken in to consideration in developing a set of final proposals that match local needs wherever possible. The proposals will be put to the Mayor and his Cabinet to make a final decision. In making their decision they will also take in to consideration consultation responses and Equalities Impact Assessments.

The consultation results and the council’s decision on how to deliver future services will be published later in 2017.


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