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The Supporting People (SP) programme provides nearly 900 housing related support services across NI, and allow more than 20000 vulnerable people -
Funding for the SP programme has been cut by 5%, which will see services closed and vulnerable people at risk of losing a vital safety net. Join the coalition calling on the NI Executive to protect and strengthen the SP programme. Read more below…
If you have a specific query, don’t hesitate to contact us:
Youth Participation Co-
0782 542 9178
Youth Participation Co-
0782 542 9388
02890 246 440
Central Office (Belfast)
4th Floor, Andras House,
60 Great Victoria St,
Belfast, BT2 7BB.
CRISPP is the strategic group for representatives of providers funded by Supporting People (SP). The group seeks to represent the sector and lobby politicians and SP on their behalf. It is comprised of representatives from the voluntary sector, Housing Associations and private organisations. CRISPP is jointly chaired by CHNI and NIFHA.
We’ve set up a 'fighting fund' with a preliminary donation from NIFHA of £2000. CHNI have also donated, and are proposing that its members make an initial contribution of £250. Funds will be used to continue to engage Weber Shadwick in the delivery of the campaign. All donations, no matter what size, are welcomed. Queries / contributions, click here.
contribute to the SP campaign
SP page / website queries:
phone: 90246 440
NI Federation of Housing Associations
phone: 028 9023 0446
WHAT IS SP?
SP funds more than 880 housing related support services, delivered by 106 organisations, across Northern Ireland and acts as a crucial safety net to vulnerable and marginalised people in Northern Ireland. It enables them to live independently, improves their quality of life, and helps prevent problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness. The programme is administered by the Housing Executive (NIHE).
Research has demonstrated that it is an ‘invest to save’ programme delivering net financial benefits by reducing demand on health, criminal justice and other public services.
The current issue
The NIHE has implemented a 5% reduction in annual funding allocation across SP schemes. The funding reduction is likely to result in the closure of many services, and the viability of other critical services is at risk, with thousands of support hours being lost.
The loss of funding across these services will severely affect the quality of life for 20,000 vulnerable and marginalised people and may remove a vital safety net that ensures their well-
This, in turn, will result in a greater cost burden on other public spending, despite empirical evidence of the programme’s impact. In addition, the NIHE Homelessness Strategy, launched in April, will be effectively undeliverable.
The homelessness sector is the single biggest recipient of SP funding in N.Ireland.
Research (2014) shows that Supporting People saves public purse £125m per year
£1 : £1.90
Research: every £1 spent on SP services saves the public purse £1.90.
Research: if SP were not available, £762.86m would be needed to fund alternative services.
The SP programme funds more than 880 housing related support services across NI
Approximately 20000 vulnerable individuals receive support from the programme.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
SP SERVICES ACROSS N. IRELAND
028 9034 7300
LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN, BELOW
Over the next couple of weeks we hope you may be able to help support and promote the campaign. There are a number of ways you could do this.
Get a campaign board and display it prominently. Invite service users, staff, politicians, community leaders, local personalities, or celebrities to have their photo taken with the board, then post online to maximise campaign exposure. Available in white or purple, approx. 120 x 85 cm (see images below)
make use of campaign imagery
Include campaign imagery on your website, on the footer of outgoing emails, and on electronic files. Download (zip file) below or request from Johnny Stewart at Weber Shandwick.
get active on Facebook
get active on Twitter
involve local representatives
Invite your local elected reps and other community leaders to visit your SP funded schemes.
A list of MLAs can be found on NI Assembly site
contact the press
Contact the local / national press and highlight the campaign, and the benefit of SP funding to you as an organisation, and to your service users.
raise funds / donate
We appreciate all your support and hard work. Let’s keep on Supporting People!
Online searchable directory with the latest information about a range of housing support services funded by SP across NI.
NEWS & INFO
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Supporting People funds more than 880 services across NI, allowing vulnerable people to improve their quality of life and attain independence.
* According to “the financial benefits of the sp programme in N.Ireland”, published by the Centre for Economic Empowerment (2014), SP saves the public purse £125m per year, which means for every £1 spent, there is a saving of £1.90
Every £1 spent on SP services saves the public purse £1.90*.
WEBER SHADWICK CONTACT DETAILS
VIDEO & AUDIO
Elisha McCallion MP (Sinn Féin) Twitter post, 18 August
UTV News 03.08.17
(Video file available upon request)
BBC NI Morning News 03.08.17
UTV News 08.08.17
(Video file available upon request)
Radio Ulster Good Morning Ulster, 03.08.17
13 Oct 2017
Inside Housing -
18 Oct 2017
Larne Times (online): Charities calling for 'Supporting People' funding to be maintained in east Antrim -
13 Oct 2017
Mid Ulster Mail (online): -
4 Oct 2017
Inside Housing: Northern Ireland Supporting People budget partially restored -
12 Oct 2017
SP campaign update -
12 Oct 2017
Inside Housing Social landlords saving NHS money, report finds -
25 Sept 2017. Universal credit 'making financial abuse easier'
2 Oct 2017
Welsh Government protects Supporting People budget:
Inside housing read here,
Welsh Govt -
27 Sept 2017. Inside Housing -
24 Sept 2017. Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt
25 Sept 2017. Calls for suspension of benefits shake-
25 Sept 2017. Advice NI: 'Suspend introduction of Universal Credit'
17 Sept 2017. The Observer view on the rollout of universal credit
23 Sept 2017. Universal Credit is a shambles because the poor are ignored
21 Sept 2017. Derry Now -
15 Sept 2017. Derry UNISON representatives call for reversal of cut to Supporting People Funding
17 Sept 2017. Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring
15 Sept 2017. Universal credit reaction: Citizens Advice and claimant
8 Aug 2017: NI Housing Bulletin Jan-
Presenting households (n=5,242) increased by 40% on the previous quarter: 32% single males, 32% families. Households accepted as FDA (n=3,221) increased by 35%.
11 Aug 2017. Derry Now online: Foyle MP Elisha McCallion set to meet CEO of Housing Executive over Foyle Haven and Supporting People Programme cuts.
9 Aug 2017: Unison site:
UNISON Condemns Plans to Cut Supporting People Funding.
6 Aug 2017: Vulnerable at risk as Housing Executive scheme faces cut
7 Aug 2017: Extra cuts to NI Supporting People scheme sparks concern
Public Finance site:
6 Aug 2017: Housing programme cut ‘will have a human cost’
3 Aug 2017: Supporting People programme should not be cut -
Sinn Féin site:
4 Aug 2017: Cuts to housing scheme 'beggar belief'
Lurgan Mail site:
3 Aug 2017: Supporting People campaign moves up a gear in fight to protect services
NIFHA site: read here
3 Aug 2017: BBC -
3 Aug 2017: BBC Newsline coverage
3 Aug 2017: BBC Radio Ulster coverage
BBC Good Morning Ulster (MP3):
3 Aug 2017: N.Ireland Housing Executive faces calls to reinstate funding for critical housing support service
Irish News: read here
3 Aug 2017: Services under threat as Northern Ireland Supporting People budget cut by £3m
Inside Housing: read here
3 Aug 2017: Homeless services 'being put at risk' by £3m funding cuts
Belfast Telegraph: read here
3 Aug 2017: £3m cut to services supporting housing services and preventing homeless set to affect 20,000 'vulnerable and marginalised people'
Derry News: read here
3 Aug 2017: Mallon: Housing programme cut will have a human cost
3 Aug 2017: Warning over impact of cuts to housing scheme
SP ROADSHOW EVENTS