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About the regional data

The 2020-21 data from NRPF Connect has been provided on a regional basis in order to demonstrate cost pressures at a local level and to help inform strategic planning and service development.

The data set for each region will be affected by the number of councils subscribing and whether they are using NRPF Connect across each service area (families, adults with care needs, and/or looked after children and care leavers).

Recording financial information for family and adult households demonstrates that statutory duties are engaged to provide accommodation and/or financial support and will mean that the case is flagged as a priority to the Home Office. When financial information is inputted accurately, councils can use the data report functions to monitor performance, including caseload trends and expenditure. Therefore, the critical figures to note are:

  • The number of adult and family households that have been recorded as financially supported.
  • How many of that number were closed (demonstrating that a route off support has been achieved).

When statutory duties are engaged to provide support to a family or adult with care needs, the council will need to focus efforts on working with the person to identify an appropriate pathway to exit support in order to reduce the duration of time that support may needs to be provided for. To help establish whether this is being achieved, attention needs to be paid to:

  • The average number of days that a household is supported for (time on support from start date of service to 31 March 2021).
  • The number of households that have received support for 1000 days or more and remain supported and ‘unresolved’ on 31 March 2021.

Any under-reporting by councils of new households that are financially supported and/ or case closures will, however, contribute to a higher average number of days on support than the national figure.