Sheltered housing wardens could be scrapped across Lincoln
Wardens could be scrapped at sheltered housing across Lincoln.
It comes as Lincolnshire County Council pulls £330,000 of funding from the City of Lincoln Council.
The money is being transferred into a new scheme which the county council says will support more people.
But the loss of income to the city authority means wardens at the eight sites it runs face the axe.
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Housing managers from the city council are now consulting in a bid to try to salvage some kind of service for its 800 Lincoln tenants.
Ideas include asking tenants to pay an extra five per cent of their net rent each month.
John Bibby, director of housing and community services for the City of Lincoln Council, chaired a meeting at Risby Green, a grouped housing complex in Hartsholme, this afternoon.
After the meeting, he told the Echo: “Basically what we have been saying to residents today is that from April next year the county council will be introducing a new Wellbeing Service.
“That service will replace the current contract that we have with the county council for provision of wardens services and as a consequence we as a landlord need to make a decision with the residents about whether they wish to retain their facilities.
“The feeling I got from the meeting today here at Risby Green is that the vast majority of residents do want us to retain the warden services.
“We are going through a series of meetings at each of our sheltered housing schemes; this is the third one we have done out of about ten.”
Lincolnshire County Council has stressed the move is not cutting support services, but is instead re-tendering for these services to make them better meet residents' needs.
Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at the county council, said: "The county council is developing a new Wellbeing Service that will be available to all vulnerable adults in the county from next April, designed to keep people safe in their own homes, regardless of whose housing they live in.
"Currently many services are only available to those in sheltered or supported housing, and this will be extended to those who live in privately owned or rented accommodation.
“The new service will include things like minor home adaptations such as installing grab rails and ramps, as well as monitoring technology and support.
“A key part of the new service will also be the provision of a 24 hour emergency call out service, seven days a week, to those who need it."
People currently may have to be assessed for each separate service they get from different organisations.
The aim is to reduce this to a handful of contracts, which will mean people have a single point of contact. The authority also believes this approach will offer better value for money.
The county council does not provide wardens but some service providers, such as the City of Lincoln Council, uses money from the county authority to provide them.
Risby Green resident Fred Hyde told those at the meeting that the “wardens are a necessity” and are needed by vulnerable tenants.