Essex County Council

    Extra Care Housing & Supported Housing

    Reduce revenue funding burden through developing housing for older people.

    Client:
    Essex County Council
    Duration:
    2017 – 2019

    KEY OUTCOME

    Inner Circle undertook extensive research and engagement to produce a progress review and stakeholder involvement plan for the Independent Living Housing Programme for Older People.

    Project Objective

    To reduce revenue funding burden through developing housing for older people.

    Summary/Overview

    Inner Circle undertook extensive research and engagement to produce a progress review and stakeholder involvement plan for the Independent Living Housing Programme for Older People. We also produced an Outline Business Case, programme documents and a Market Position Statement for how to meet the housing and care needs of adults with disabilities.

    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.

    Project Impact

    • 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. 
    • 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 

    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.

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