3A7 - EIA Housing Related Support v4.0.

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3A7 - EIA Housing Related Support v4.0.
Reference – 3A7
Equality Impact Assessment Form
Department
Adult and Community Services
Version no
4.0
Assessed by
Alex Lorrison
Date created
18.09.13
Updated by
Tony Sheeky
Date
04/10/13
Approved by
Lyn Sowray
Date
21.10.13
Updated by
Tony Sheeky
Date
27.10.14
Updated by
Lyn Sowray
Date
9.10.15
Updated by
Lyn Sowray
Date
12.2.16
Final approval
Lyn Sowray
Date signed off
12.2.16
Section 1: What is being assessed?
1.1
Name of proposal to be assessed:
Changes to Housing Related Support : De-commission and Re-configure
Services
The Council commissions services to provide housing related support to a range of
people including homeless people, ex offenders, people with mental health issues
etc. The Council is not required to provide these services by law however a £4m
saving has already been agreed for this area in 2016-17. The proposal would
reduce that by a further £1m – the overall budget would reduce by 50% compared
to today. Existing services will be changed to make sure that people in the greatest
need are given priority. There is currently no assessment process
1.2
Describe the proposal under assessment and what change it would result in if
implemented:
Continue to make contractual efficiencies through procurement through
reconfiguration of current services and commissioning new services. Operate a
Gateway to manage demand and provide access to the service only to priority
groups by developing a new eligibility assessment to access services.
The proposal is to develop a single Gateway into Housing Related Support,
managed in-house. This will mean that the Council will now assess all people
potentially needing support and place those eligible for services with an appropriate
Provider. Assessment of eligibility will be undertaken against the revised Bradford
Eligibility Criteria for Housing Related Support.
It is anticipated that this will reduce the number of people in services due to
managing demand more effectively, ensuring the right people receive support and
for the right amount of time. It will also be able to identify where people are losing
contact or re-entering the system, providing a more joined up approach to delivery
which should better support the client.
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1.3
This proposal was originally agreed in February 2014 as part of a two year
budget for 2014-16. Is the proposal being put forward for amendment/change
by Executive & Full Council in February 2015?
Part of an ongoing savings plan which has £4,100k already agreed to be found in
16/17
Section 2: What the impact of the proposal is likely to be
The Equality Act 2010 requires the Council to have due regard to the need to-
2.1

eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;

advance equality of opportunity between different groups; and

foster good relations between different groups
Will this proposal advance equality of opportunity for people who share a
protected characteristic and/or foster good relations between people who
share a protected characteristic and those that do not? If yes, please explain
further.
No
2.2
Will this proposal have a positive impact and help to eliminate discrimination
and harassment against, or the victimisation of people who share a protected
characteristic? If yes, please explain further.
No
2.3
Will this proposal potentially have a negative or disproportionate impact on
people who share a protected characteristic? If yes, please explain further.
Equality assessment carried out indicates that this proposal is likely to have no or a
low impact on everyone, and so there is no disproportionate impact on any group
who share protected characteristics
It is anticipated that the people affected will be across all protected characteristics i.e. that there will not be a disproportionate effect on people who share any specific
protected characteristic.
This proposal will have a short term impact on current service users, as it aims to
reduce demand by introducing a single gateway and a standard assessment to
access housing-related support. Over time, this will result in people receiving the
appropriate support at the right time, so minimise the need for service users to
come back into the service, and result in greater equality of access.
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2.4
Please indicate the level of negative impact on each of the protected
characteristics?
(Please indicate high (H), medium (M), low (L), no effect (N) for each)
Negative Impact
Protected Characteristics:
(H, M, L, N)
L
Age
Disability
L
Gender reassignment
L
Race
L
Religion/Belief
L
Pregnancy and maternity
L
Sexual Orientation
L
Sex
L
Marriage and civil partnership
L
Additional Consideration:
Low income/low wage
2.5
L
How could the disproportionate negative impacts be mitigated or eliminated?
n/a
Section 3: What evidence you have used?
3.1
What evidence do you hold to back up this assessment?
n/a
3.2
Do you need further evidence?
This will be built into the programme but is likely to include analysis of the client
record data to look at current profiles etc.
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This will be cross-referenced against the existing EIA produced as a result of the
revisions to the Bradford Eligibility Criteria for Housing Related Support.
Section 4: Consultation Feedback
4.1
Results from any previous consultations
Regular consultation with Service Users is embedded as part of the wider Housing
Related Support Programme. Previous feedback has raised that access is felt to be
fragmented with a varying level of service being received depending on which
provider is approached.
4.2
Feedback from current consultation
There was concern about impact of the proposals on people receiving housing
benefit who have already experienced financial pressures due to the impact of
Welfare Reform related changes.
It was suggested that this could lead to an increase in homelessness and will also
affect the way homeless are supported in the future.
Concern was also expressed that there would be a disproportionate impact on the
disabled, women (fleeing domestic violence), people with mental health, and people
with learning disabilities as these are the groups that are currently helped by the
services.
Cumulative effect of all of these means more people with mental health issues likely
to end up homeless and insecure tenancies will increase
A request was made for clarification on whether there will be an assessment
process when services change
Clarity on the figures was requested re the 50% reduction
4.3
Your departmental response to this feedback – include any changes made to
the proposal as a result of the feedback
The service is already advanced in it’s planning for the pre-agreed savings in this
area. This proposal equates to a cut in the available funds for the commissioning of
housing related support services. It will mean the service offer is cut but safeguards
are already in place to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.
This means the full budget is approx £10 million - £4 million was agreed in cuts last
year and this proposal suggests a further £1 million in 17-18 giving a 5 million cut
overall (50% of £10 million)
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