Under the Supporting People programme, people using ‘longer term’ housing support services could be charged for services but those using services before the programme started in 2003 had some protection. ‘Longer term’ housing support consisted of services working with people for 2 years or more.
Since the ring fence around funding for housing support was removed in 2008, local authorities have had more freedom to bring charging for housing support more in line with other types of social care.  COSLA made this clear in its revised guidance on charging for non residential social care services in 2010 and has also developed a ‘Community of Practice’ on its website for local authorities to post their charging policies to help them benchmark charges.
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