Derbys: County Council to consider extra funding plan to delay some housing-related cuts

Proposed cuts to housing-related support services which help vulnerable people to live independently in their own home will be considered by Derbyshire County Council next week.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet will discuss budget options next week
Derbyshire County Council's cabinet will discuss budget options next week

But, some of the cuts being proposed could be delayed by up to 18 months if extra funding is agreed by the council’s Cabinet at its meeting on 15th July.

At the meeting the council’s cabinet will consider the proposals and a recommendation to allocate extra funding from its Public Health Resource Fund and business rates to extend the running of some housing-related support services, which were proposed to end this year or in 2015.

In January the county council announced a number of proposals which would change or reduce its adult care services as part of an overall plan to meet £157 million of budget cuts by 2018.

The proposals included reducing the housing-related support budget by £9 million in two phases over two years.

The proposals were subject to a 12-week county-wide consultation.

Phase one of the proposed budget cuts to housing-related support were due to affect the following services: Two contracts for accommodation and floating support services for adults; The Housing Options Service for people with learning disabilities; Accommodation-based support for high-risk serious offenders; The Leaseholders Scheme.

It is phase one, which proposed a £2 million cut, that the council’s cabinet will consider next week.