On 13th December 2010, further to October's Comprehensive Spending Review, the Department has released the Local Authority Social Services Letter (LASSL) (2012)2 (opens new window). This spells out specific revenue and capital allocations for councils with adult social care responsibility over the next two years. £251m has been set aside over 2 years for capital purposes that support the transformation of local communities, including the scope for the further development of extra care housing and/or extending the roll out of services, such as those utilising telecare.
This money is not ring-fenced as in previous years but will be distributed to every council with adult social care responsibility on a formula basis so that they can plan how best to meet their local capital investment priorities, lever in additional resources (such as the HCA's Affordable Housing Programme) and build effective partnerships with organisations that help enhance the housing with care choices of older people and those with a long term condition.
To support local authorities with developing and implementing their extra care housing strategies, the Housing LIN is refreshing its extra care housing toolkit and developing an online directory of 86 DH funded schemes from earlier grant rounds. Further details to follow in early 2011.