ESSEX CC HOUSING FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Transforming

Key facts

  • £630K savings in residential care costs

  • Programme savings of £25m

  • Contribute to 15% of ECC’s adult social care revenue funding

  • In 2017 providing affordable rent accommodation for 140 older people with a care need

  • Acceleration of proposed housing units from 200 to over 1,500 in the development pipeline.

  • 300 to be completed in 2018/19. 

Testimonials

“In 18 years of commissioning, I would struggle to name a programme that has 

been as well controlled as this”

 

Gary Heathcoate  - Head of Commissioning (Vulnerable People), Essex County 

Council

Awards

Project Objective 

 

Reduce revenue funding burden through developing housing for older people.

Summary/Overview

When we began working with Essex County Council (ECC) in 2014 they were, like many others, tackling the multi-faceted challenges of reducing revenue funding, spiralling social care costs and reorganisation of the staff structure to tackle them. Within that mix, they had identified housing for older people as an area that could help reduce the revenue funding burden. On the face of it, housing for older people (in the form of extra care housing) was an outstanding all round proposition. The challenge was that nowhere near enough was built or getting built in Essex. Against an estimated requirement of 2,500 by 2020, only 200 were in the pipeline – this was despite the council offering large capital grants to contribute towards the costs. So ECC asked us to find out why.

 

We undertook this challenge by using our zero-based approach to problem solving and working closely with the experts in ECC. Our team had no previous experience of extra care housing though we brought extensive experience of delivering successful change and intimate knowledge of the planning and development sector. Our team immersed itself in the subject and within an eight week period, read all available internal and external documentation, reviewed regulation, guidance and best practice and interviewed over 50 ECC staff, 20

extra care developers/providers and 10 investors and fund managers. 

 

Impact

We undertook this challenge by using our zero-based approach to problem solving and working closely with the experts in ECC. Our team had no previous experience of extra care housing though we brought extensive experience of delivering successful change and an intimate knowledge of the planning and development sector. Our team immersed itself in the subject and within an eight week period, read all available internal and external documentation, reviewed regulation, guidance and best practice and interviewed over 50 ECC staff, 20 extra care developers/providers and 10 investors and fund managers. We identified six key factors to accelerating delivery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 12 weeks we worked with the council, its twelve district councils and local extra care developer providers and we developed a model to accelerate the delivery of extra care housing. 

So, what did we do to make this work?

  • Although the programme is being run entirely by an in-house ECC team, we worked in collaboration to help design and recruit. 

  • Essex County Council will save £630,000 in residential care costs for these two schemes alone. Savings from the programme will total £25m and contribute 15% of ECC’s adult social care revenue funding shortfall.

  • The first two new independent living schemes opened in 2017 providing affordable rent accommodation for 140 older people with a care need and at the same time releasing much needed family homes back into the system.  Overall the programme has seen acceleration of the number of proposed housing units from 200 to over 1,500 in the development pipeline. 300 of these will be completed in 2018/19. 

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