New model of housing for older people in Angus

Iain Gaul
Iain Gaul

Angus Council is to introduce a new housing model for the over 60s which aims to provide more choice with a mix of retirement and sheltered housing.

The local authority has agreed a four-year programme of investment in the communal facilities at each sheltered housing complex as well as an expansion of its caretaker service.

In response to tenants’ concerns about the proposed change to the tenancy support service, the council has agreed to do some further work to investigate ways of providing a service.

A group comprising elected members and officers will now consider how a support service will be provided through either a new social enterprise; a council scheme fully funded by sheltered housing tenants or through an Arms Length Trading Organisation.

Further reports will be brought forward for committee approval after consideration by the Member Officer Group.

Council leader Iain Gaul said the changes would ensure that housing provision for older people in Angus was fit for purpose, affordable and sustainable.

He added: “We have listened to tenants and are committed to addressing their needs and supporting them while still complying with the requirements of self-directed support.”

Further consultation will take place with tenants regarding improvements to complexes.

The four year investment programme includes improvements to communal facilities, installation of Wi-Fi, and upgrades to external areas.

A programme of development activity with residents is also proposed, to explore how social activities can be supported and expanded to include surrounding residents.

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