June 22, 2024

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New strategy and plan to increase specialist supported and accessible housing in Cornwall

A new strategy and plan has been developed to increase the amount of supported housing in Cornwall.

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The plan was presented at today’s (11 October 2023) Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee to support the development of more high-quality supported accommodation with care and support.

Cllr Andy Virr, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults and public health said:

“It is important that we have housing available that can meet the needs of all of Cornwall’s population. We recognise that for some people this can be hard to access and this plan seeks to address this challenge.”

Supported housing is accommodation that is provided alongside support, supervision or care to help people with specific needs to live as independently as possible in the community. This includes older people, people with a learning disability, people with a physical disability, people at risk of or who have experienced homelessness, or people recovering from drug or alcohol dependence

Cllr Virr added:

“It’s very important to sign off the Supported Housing Strategy and the Implementation Plan to make sure we tackle the demand for these types of housing right now to make sure people are getting the support they need.

“We need to move away from the more institutional models of care and support and the financial impact of this is putting on the Council’s budget.”

The strategy has been developed in partnership with the Housing Learning Improvement Network (LIN), alongside other partners and stakeholders across Cornwall.

The Council will work in partnership with its local partners from the NHS, Registered Providers, the Probation service, local community and voluntary groups and organisations to ensure that the supported housing that is commissioned and provided is effective in meeting the needs of local people.

The plan will next be presented to Cornwall Council Cabinet for their approval for the work to commence.

To find out more about the plans you can read the papers published about the meeting

Agenda and papers for Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee