Supported living

The current situation for supported living services, future supply and demand and commissioning aspirations, intentions and opportunities.

Market position statement

Current services

Supported living enables people to live an ordinary life and contribute to their community, by having their own place to live, with support they need. 

Supported living in Leicestershire is commissioned via the Council’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The DPS began in December 2019 and has been the commissioning method for new supported living requirements from April 2021. 
The primary commissioning method via the DPS is through mini competitions. The current mini competition process involves 2 stages with providers scored on a 30% (price) / 70% (quality) split for packages followed by an assessment by the provider for the individual’s needs and outcomes.

The DPS has provision for a ‘direct award’ process. This means that providers on the DPS can be awarded packages of care directly without a DPS mini-competition, in certain circumstances. As of 10/01/2023, there are 98 providers on the DPS.  

People living in Supported Living, Feb 2023
Support need Number %
Learning Disability 373 77% 
Mental Health 71 14%
Physical Support 34 7% 
Social Support 10 2%
Memory & Cognition 4  1% 
Sensory Support 1 0.2%
Total 493    

In January 2023 there were 38 providers supporting people within Supported Living, including three schemes operated by the County Council. 
In February 2023 there were 109 people waiting for Supported Living. 

Number of people waiting for supported living by scheme
Type of accommodation Number  % 
Self-contained 41 38% 
Shared 29 27% 
No preference 40  37% 
Number of people waiting for supported living by age
Age of people waiting Number
Under 18 6 5% 
18 to 20 12 11% 
21 to 24 16 15% 
25 to 64 71 65% 
Over 64 4 4% 
Total waiting 109  

A quarterly demand and unmet needs report is available. 

The number of people with a learning disability across all age groups is predicted to increase significantly between 2020 and 2040 (including by 19.6% for people of working age, and 92.3% for those over 85 years old).

Between 2020 and 2040, the total population predicted to have an autistic spectrum disorder of working age is expected to increase by 11.2%.

There are currently shortages in specialist and complex supported living services, including for those within the Transforming Care cohort. There are also service shortages within some geographical areas, as well as for some specific service needs, such as wheelchair accessible and ground floor accommodation. 
The Social Care Investment Team (SCIP) work collaboratively with property owners, developers, investors, or supported living providers looking to provide supported living accommodation to meet the needs of Leicestershire. They can provide support and guidance on national and local standards

Commissioning aspirations, intentions and opportunities

In general, Charnwood (Loughborough), North-West Leicestershire (Coalville) and Hinckley remain the areas which see the highest demand but more recently Harborough District and Melton Borough has also seen demand increase. Melton in particular has a lack of supply.

Due to an increase in activity around supported accommodation in 2021-22 and 2022-23, there are several pipeline developments coming on stream across the County in 2023. For the short to medium term (2024-2025), the Council is currently seeking:

  • Smaller developments in specific locations (ideally less than 8 units), particularly in Melton and Market Harborough
  • Smaller developments in general, ideally 8-10 maximum
  • The inclusion of fully wheelchair accessible spaces within any new development
  • Internal space standard of 47 sqm for a one-bedroom apartment and 56 sqm for a wheelchair accessible apartment to be achieved as far as is viable on a particular site 
  • Locations with good public transport links, off road parking and where possible, external space for tenants
  • Locations with accessible links to wider community resources and amenities 

Potential new shared supply should consider sustainability given the changing profile of demand: 

  • Younger adults with emotional behaviour support needs and mental health 
  • Reduced mobility and requirements for fully wheelchair accessible, bariatric needs and/or ground floor facilities 
  • Internal and external communal space and how it is utilised
  • Adequate sound insulation and adequate storage 

Those with learning disability remain the highest category of service user living within supported accommodation. However, general areas of growth for Leicestershire include: 

  • those with mental health conditions, with a focus on recovery, resilience, and support with substance misuse 
  • young adults with disabilities (transitions), aged 16-20, in particular ‘step-through’ provision 
  • individuals who require fully accessible wheelchair accommodation, including for those with bariatric needs 
  • older adults with a learning disability who have additional needs (dementia, substance misuse, mobility issues)
  • individuals who previously came under the umbrella of the Transforming Care Programme (TCP) now referred to as of complex need or Learning Disability and Autism

Explore potential development opportunities by emailing at the earliest stage. 

Page last updated in June 2023.