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We have established a number of programmes aimed at supporting vulnerable people or communities. These aim to help those with issues such as domestic abuse, and workless households, and to aid early intervention and build resilience in individuals and communities.

Each programme is underpinned by a specific grant with its own requirements, restrictions, associated costs and administration.

Over the last few years, we have been working with Local Authorities (LAs) to align various grants enabling service re-design to deliver sustainable improvements for vulnerable people across Wales and to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.

The Flexible Funding project aims to enable local authorities to work differently, giving more scope to design services to support a far more joined up, preventative, long-term approach to delivering for the most vulnerable in society. It will support and promote joint planning, commissioning and more effective use of funding for each programmes aims and objectives. The extra freedom allows for a more strategic approach to delivering for the most vulnerable in society.

In 2018-19, 7 pathfinder areas are testing the single grant. They are:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Conwy
  • Merthyr*
  • Newport
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff*
  • Torfaen

*Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr as Cwm Taf Public Services Board.

These pathfinders will have flexibility across the following 10 grants:

  • Supporting People
  • Flying Start
  • Families First
  • Legacy Fund
  • Promoting Positive Engagement for Young People
  • Childcare and Play (formerly Out of School Childcare)
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Rent Smart Wales Enforcement (formerly Independent Living)
  • St David’s Day Fund
  • Communities for Work Plus (formerly the Employability Grant)

The remaining 15 LAs will have enhanced flexibility to reallocate funds – up to 15% - across the following 5 of the 10 grants in 2018-19:

  • Supporting People
  • Flying Start
  • Families First
  • Legacy Fund
  • Communities for Work Plus (formerly the Employability Grant)

This will support the start of their journey to more innovative thinking on service delivery.

We expect all local authorities to allocate funding to the Supporting People (SP) programme at least at the level of their SP allocation unless they can demonstrate that they can be sure of delivering the same, or improved, services for less money as a result of efficiencies.

For 2019-20, we are considering creating a single Early Intervention, Prevention and Support Grant; however no decision has yet been made on this. The pathfinders are testing out a single grant approach in 2018-19 and we are also commissioning an independent evaluation in 2018-19 to help inform a decision by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

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