Tamworth Council protects sheltered housing from cuts

  • A new housing model called Housing Management Plus has been revealed by Tamworth Borough Council to protect sheltered housing.

    Tamworth Borough Council has taken steps to protect its services that support older and disabled residents living in sheltered accommodation, reports the Tamworth Herald. home.jpg

    After Staffordshire County Council ending its supporting people grant fund in March 2015, Tamworth council has undertaken a review into sheltered housing services for residents who were affected.

    In October 2014 a full consultation was carried out with 365 sheltered housing households and over 200 representatives involved, to discuss changes to the way services will be delivered in the future. Tenants told the council they wanted to keep their scheme manger, their community alarm service and for costs to remain affordable.

    On the 9th July the council revealed its new sheltered housing model to protect these services. The Housing Management Plus will see costs for people eligible for housing benefit remain “broadly similar” to what they previously paid.

    Over the coming weeks, the council will be working with tenants and their families to explain the changes, which will come in to effect from April 4, 2016.

    Councillor Michelle Thurgood, Portfolio Housing & Waste Management said: "With a growing older population in Tamworth, the changes to the sheltered housing service will allow Tamworth Borough Council to continue to deliver a quality sheltered housing service meeting the needs and aspirations of older people, effectively protecting front line services. People are already paying through the supported people system, which has obviously now gone, but what we've done is kept costs broadly similar to what they were paying. Previously, these services were funded through the supported people grant, which was really under threat one way or another. Under the approach we've now taken and based on the current financial system these services are financially feasible forever."

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