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01 October 2017

Welsh Government protects Supporting People programme budget

Plaid Cymru has today announced its two year budget agreement with Welsh Labour, and it has been confirmed that the Supporting People programme budget has been protected. This news follows the re-launch of the joint ‘Let’s keep on Supporting People’ campaign run by Community Housing Cymru and Cymorth Cymru .

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive at Community Housing Cymru said: “At a time when budgets are tight and financial pressures are impacting services, we are pleased that the Welsh Government budget recognises the importance of the Supporting People programme and protects the budget for the next two years.

The Supporting People programme is a lifeline for the most vulnerable people in society. It helps those facing difficult times to overcome adversity and rebuild their lives in a safe and supported environment. Thanks to the programme, people have escaped abusive relationships; learnt new skills to help live with a disability or in a new country, and overcome substance misuse problems. These are only a few examples out of over 60,000 where the programme has transformed somebody’s life for the better.

The programme has received cross party support for a number of years, and thousands of people in Wales will be grateful to see that reflected in the deal between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour.

The two year budget settlement will allow for stability and the longer term planning of services, but we mustn’t forget that providers continue to operate in a challenging environment where costs are increasing and difficult decisions have to be taken.”