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Understanding the Cost of
Delivering Supported Living
Resources, guidance and support to
model the cost of supported living services
Cost modelling for supported living services

The Market Sustainability and Improvement Fund (‘the fund’) was announced at the autumn statement in November 2022. The primary purpose of the fund is to support local authorities to make tangible improvements to adult social care services in their area, in particular to build capacity and improve market sustainability.

The funding amounts to £400 million for adult social care in 2023 to 2024, with a further £683 million expected in 2024 to 2025.

ARCC Consulting supported the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) in 2021-22 to deliver the Homecare Cost Toolkit, for use within the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)'s Fair Cost of Care exercises in 2022.  This is freely available for use by all councils and providers to support cost of care exercises in England.

From June 2023, the fund included, for the first time, metrics for 18 and over supported living services, to provide insight into those fee uplifts in the current inflationary environment.  The launch of ARCC's supported living cost modelling tool (SLCT) reinforces our partnership with the collaboration between ADASS and the LGA as Partners in Care and Health (PCH) and our commitment to local authorities and the social care market in assessing costs and achieving proportionate and sustainable fees for care in England.

Supported Living Cost Toolkit

Partners in Care and Health (PCH, jointly delivered through ADASS and the LGA), commissioned ARCC’s intuitive, easy-to-use cost-of-care model to be utilised as a national tool to support councils with future cost of care exercises.

Since 2020, ARCC has undertaken cost of care exercises on behalf
of councils up and down the country, engaging with DASS's, commissioners, finance and operational colleagues within local councils, as well as over 500 providers of social care service providers in homecare, supported living, extra care and live-in.

The tool supplements the DHSC Market Sustainability Fund (MSF) requirements to support improvements to the commissioning and cost of delivering care for clients 18 and over in supported accommodation.

News and updates

28th March
Supported Living Toolkit Launch

You can now find the official Partners in Care and Health (PCH) Supported Living Cost Toolkit on our website.  Download the toolkit here.

April 2024
Toolkit Walkthrough Sessions

ARCC Consulting will be hosting a series of online webinars to walk through usage and calculations within the toolkit, including common features and areas of costs to be aware of.

May 2024
Frequently Asked Questions

Check back on the website during May when we will post answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).  If you have any queries, you can always contact us on our support e-mail address


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