SHELTERED HOUSING: Gwynne raises concerns in Commons

supported housing screenshotDenton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has raised concerns about the Government’s changes to sheltered housing on behalf of New Charter Group, one of the leading providers of social homes in the North West.

The Deputy Chief Executive of New Charter, Tony Powell, had written to Mr Gwynne highlighting his deep concern regarding the Government’s cuts.

Ministers have admitted that the Government included the proposed cut in last year’s Autumn Statement without knowing how many people lived in supported accommodation or how it would affect them. Pressure from the Labour Party, as well as housing and community groups, has so far forced the Government to delay the implementation of its plan.

There are seven sheltered housing schemes across the Denton and Reddish constituency that could see huge financial pressures as a result of the changes. Around 500 people across Tameside currently live in sheltered accommodation, with a further 1,850 people living in specialist housing for older people.

A further 388 people live in sheltered accommodation in Stockport, with almost 1,500 people living in housing for older people.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I have twice raised New Charter’s concerns in the House of Commons today, and so I hope Ministers were listening.

“It is very clear that Ministers had not thought through these changes before including them in the Autumn Statement.

“I call on them to think again to protect the more than four thousand vulnerable people at risk of losing financial support across Tameside and Stockport.”

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