Abstracts: November 3rd, 2005

The Value For Money Benchmarking exercise was originally initiated by the West Yorkshire Supporting People Cross Authority Group. The aims were to get data for client groups of homeless families and compare like for like services. The exercise focused on weekly unit cost, support hours per unit per week and cost per hour of service.The weekly unit costs range significantly, across all services and within all the support type categories. Unit costs range from 11 to 832 pounds across all services. Weekly unit costs of 24 hour waking cover range from 46 to 832 pounds. The average weekly unit cost across all service types and all authorities is 139.17 pounds.

The support hours per unit per week also range significantly across all services and within all the support type categories. Support hours per unit per week range from 19 minutes to 227 hours 18 minutes across all services. The average support hours per unit per week across all services and all authorities is 18 hours 41 minutes.

The cost per hour ranges from 87p to 89.32 pounds across all services. Cost per hour for floating support ranges from 87p to 51.26 pounds and cost per hour for 24 hour waking cover ranges from 98p to 89.32 pounds.

Further information is available from Melanie Avetoom, the Supporting People Cross Authority Co-ordinator: Email: melanie.avetoom@west yorkshire.probation.gsx.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 885292.