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The Supporting People programme provides housing-related support to help vulnerable people to live as independently as possible.
The aim of this 4 year project is to use administrative data to explore the impact of the Supporting People Programme on the public service use of those who access support.
This bulletin provides the latest update on the work of Supporting People Programme.
The Supporting People programme provides housing-related support to help vulnerable people to live as independently as possible.
The research investigated the nature and scale of expenditure termed as ‘management charges’ in Supporting People funded services in Wales.
This new guidance provides practical advice to practitioners of the Supporting People Programme
A factsheet outlining the main aims and benefits of the Supporting People Programme.

The Supporting People programme provides housing-related support to help vulnerable people to live as independently as possible.

The aims of the Supporting People Programme are:

  • to help prevent and tackle homelessness
  • helping vulnerable people live as independently as possible
  • providing people with the help they need to live in their own homes, hostels, sheltered housing or other specialist housing
  • preventing problems in the first place or providing help as early as possible in order to reduce demand on other services such as health and social services
  • providing help to complement the personal or medical care that some people may need
  • ensuring quality services, which are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible through joint working between organisations that plan and fund services and those that provide services  
  • promoting equality and reducing inequalities.

We invest over £124.4m in the programme annually. It supports more than 57,000 people each year to live as independently as they can. It aims to prevent problems by providing help as early as possible.

Of those it helps, 37,000 are older people. However it also supports households fleeing domestic violence and people threatened with or getting over a period of homelessness as well as people with mental health needs, substance misuse needs or a learning disability.