Issue details

Award of contract for accommodation based support for young people

To approve a direct award of a contract for accommodation based support for care leavers and other vulnerable young people for the period to 1 November 2020.


The accommodation based support service provides 30 units of accommodation for young people with moderate support needs. The service is currently provided by the supported housing for young people project (SHYPP), part of WM Housing Group. It supports care leavers and young people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.


Plans to re-commission the service and regularise the contract position in 2018 were deferred, owing to multiple changes of national policy on supported housing, announced by the government. It is now clear that welfare spending on accommodation based services will not be transferred to the council but other changes to the way such services are funded are still being considered by the Government.


It is now proposed to award a contract to SHYPP (WM Housing) for the period ending 1 November 2020. This will help secure continuity of the service for vulnerable young people and provide for the preparation of an open procurement process in 2020. It will give an opportunity  for the council to work with the provider to strengthen and update the service. This will address the delivery model, referral arrangements, cost modelling and the demand and delivery model for Ross on Wye, to ensure the service is sustainable. It is proposed that the supported housing after care service (SHAC), operated by SHYPP for care leavers, which is currently funded separately by the council on a spot purchase basis should be incorporated into the new contract.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/01/2019

Decision due: 22 March 2019 by Cabinet member corporate strategy and budget

Lead member: Cabinet member health and wellbeing

Lead director: Director of adults and communities

Department: Adults and Communities

Contact: Ewen Archibald, Community capacity and wellbeing manager Email: Tel: 01432 261970.



Details of any declarations of interest: None