Key facts

  • Secured investment of £18.09M

  • Increased pipeline from 22 to 250 units within six months


"In 18 years of commissioning I would struggle to name a programme that has been as well controlled as this."

Gary Heathcote, Head of Commissioning (Vulnerable People), Essex County Council

Project Objective 


Like many local authorities, Essex County Council is facing falling revenue funding and significant increases in demand for social care services. The Council also took the decision to secure revenue savings through capital investment and identified housing for adults with disabilities as an area of potential investment.

In 2016 the Council identified a 1,000 unit shortfall in accommodation for adults with disabilities.

Following our success increasing the pace, quantity and quality of Extra Care for the County we were asked to do the same for supported living.


  • Researching and developing a comprehensive programme approach to meeting the supported housing needs of working age adults with disabilities

  • Securing the investment of £18.09m of capital to support the delivery of 435 units of supported housing units for adults with disabilities over five years, and to achieve an average saving to ECC for each unit of accommodation provided of £20,000 per annum.

  • Developing a comprehensive approach to the integration of assistive technology at zero cost to the council and delivering significant ongoing revenue savings.

  • Increasing the pipeline of accommodation of adults with disabilities schemes from 22 to 250 units within six months.

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