Proposed changes to the commissioning of Supported Living Services

Proposed changes to the commissioning of Supported Living Services

Changes to the commissioning arrangements for Supported Living Services for adults with a learning disability will shortly be considered by the Cabinet. If agreed, the small percentage of Council-provided services would transfer to external providers, ensuring continuity of care and job retention for staff.

Supported Living Services provides 24/7 supported accommodation for adults with a learning disability, supporting small numbers of people who live in shared houses across Rhondda Cynon Taf. Service users each have their own tenancies, enabling them to continue living in their local communities.

The Council has a small in-house service that provides care to around 10% of the total number of people that receive Supported Living in Rhondda Cynon Taf. This includes 27 people supported by 54 staff members in nine houses.

The much larger external market provides the vast majority of the overall provision – around 90% of the current Supported Living provision in the County Borough. This consists of 245 people being supported in 78 houses.

At their meeting on Monday, October 23, Cabinet Members will consider an officer report that recommends transferring the Council’s remaining nine Supported Living Services to new external providers, through the retender of the Council’s current contract. If agreed, this would start in April 2024.

County Borough Councillor Gareth Caple, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“The Council has substantial experience and a good track record of commissioning Supported Living Services from external providers. With the current 10-year contract due to end this year, the retendering process is already underway – to start the new contract from April 2024.

“The changes being considered by Cabinet, if agreed, would transfer the small percentage of Supported Living Services currently provided in-house to the external market – which already provides around 90% of the service. Officers advise that the changes would ensure the best value and future sustainability of the service, without reducing its availability to help people who rely upon it.

“If the changes are agreed on October 2023, we will engage with everyone affected – including service users, their families and staff members. They will receive regular communication about what the changes mean for them, along with being kept up-to-date on how the transfer process is progressing.”

The changes would ensure that all eligible staff members who currently provide the in-house Supported Living Services would be transferred to the new specialist provider, under TUPE arrangements. This will ensure that contractual terms and conditions of employment are protected going forward – as well as membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

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