|Residents at 46 out of 47 sheltered housing schemes have accepted an innovative solution from Basildon Council giving them 24-7 peace of mind, despite a 44% reduction in County Council funding.|
And the Council has pledged to consult with the residents and their families at Afflets Court, in Moatfield, Basildon, the remaining sheltered housing complex that has yet to agree to proposed changes.
Due to a significant reduction in funding from Essex County Council, £500,000 of savings must be made, and the Council has announced plans to replace on-site overnight and weekend warden services with Careline as an out of hours service.
The changes affect all 47 sheltered housing schemes in the borough, 46 of which have accepted the changes and welcomed Careline as an out of hours replacement service.
Councillor Andrew Baggott, cabinet member for landlord services, said: “The last thing we want is to reduce the service, however, due to a 44% reduction in funding, savings of £500,000 have to be made. What we have done is to come up with an innovative solution that maintains a good service and offers residents value for money.
“We are committed to listening to the concerns of residents at Afflets Court, and their families who have made some suggestions following previous meetings. Some have suggested paying the extra cost for the 24 hour warden cover and we have promised to consult with them in the New Year with details of those costs.”
Councillor Frank Tomlin, cabinet member for housing, added: “We are pleased that 46 out of the 47 schemes are content with the changes and have accepted Careline as its out of hours provider. However, we will explore the possibility of securing alternative funding to maintain the warden at Afflets Court.”
Essex County Council removed its Extra Care status in the late 1990s and removed their on site care provider team, but Basildon Council continued to fund a support service with a grant from Essex County Council, which has now been reduced by 44%.