Reductions to Supporting People budgets

Closes 5 Sep 2017

Opened 13 Jun 2017


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.

 Now we need to decide how to make the savings. This is where you come in.

This questionnaire is part of our formal consultation with everyone involved where we gather your views on the options that we have 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.

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.

We are also currently consulting on:

  • Bristol Community Links
  • Libraries
  • Public Toilet provision
  • School Crossing Patrols
  • Withdrawal of funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships

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.

Public Consultation Events

A series of eight public events are being held to help you take part in the conversation. These are free to attend but space is limited and strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find out more and book online via Eventbrite.

  • Thursday 29 June,  12.30pm till 2pm
    Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY     
    Book via eventbrite
  • Monday 10 July,  6.30pm till 8pm
    City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY
    Book via eventbrite
  • Tuesday 11 July, 12.30pm till 2pm          
    The Vassall Cente, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ       
    Book via eventbrite
  • Wednesday 12 July, 12.30 till 2pm        
    Broadmead Baptist Church, 1 Whippington Court, Bristol, BS1 3HY     
    Book via eventbrite
  • Thursday 13 July, 6.30 till 8pm                 
    The Park, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ                             
    Book via eventbrite
  • Wednesday 19 July, 6.30 till 8pm           
    The Vassall Cente, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ                    
    Book via eventbrite
  • Monday 24 July,  12.30 till 2pm              
    The Park, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ                                
    Book via eventbrite
  • Monday 24 July,  6.30 till 8pm                 
    Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Rd, Bristol BS11 9TX                        
    Book via eventbrite

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