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Plan to develop Cornwall’s housing and support services gets the go ahead

A new approach to delivering Cornwall’s housing and support services was given the green light this week, following discussion at Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meeting.

Cabinet recommended that the business case be approved which aims to support people with health and social care needs with access to good quality housing options with the right types of care and support.

Woman standing in doorway of home. Dressed in a grey top and cardigan and wearing glasses

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

 “Demand for housing and support is currently significantly outstripping supply. Provider failure within the residential care market for working age adults - especially autistic people and people with learning disabilities - has led to the urgent need for increased community-based alternatives.

“This approach aims to create a market where the right sorts of support and accommodation are available where people need it most in their communities. It allows for a diverse market where providers can form partnerships to deliver flexible services that meet people’s agreed outcomes.”

The business case reflects the draft Cornwall Supported and Specialist Housing Strategy 2023-2050 which sets out the requirements for supported and specialised housing in Cornwall for the next ten years and beyond.

The aim is to provide services that deliver better outcomes for individuals and to recognise that services need to be flexible and adaptable.

Providers will be required to take a person-centred approach to identify the outcomes that are important to individual service users, to develop outcome focused care and support plans, and to deliver and connect people to services that support people to achieve their personal goals.

This will include supporting people to move on to independent accommodation where appropriate, and towards work, allowing people to take more control over their own lives.

You can read more about this in the papers presented at the meeting.

Cornwall Council Cabinet papers

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