Category: Supported Housing


From the Halesowen News 23rd September 2010

MASSIVE cuts to services enabling elderly and vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes will be top of the agenda at a meeting in Sandwell tomorrow.

The borough council fears it will it will have to slash 30 per cent from the Government-grant based Supporting People Programme over the next three years….

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From Tewkesbury AdMag 23rd September 2010

THOUSANDS of vulnerable people throughout the Vale and across Worcestershire could be left to fend for themselves if Government cuts to housing budgets become a reality.

Women fleeing domestic violence, pensioners who rely on home-help support and people with mental health problems are expected to be among the worst affected as the National Housing Federation announced that, under instruction from the Treasury, it was preparing for cutbacks of up to 40 per cent….

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OPPOSITION is being directed at council proposals to axe a mental health day centre.

Users of the Redbridge Resource Centre, Ley Street, Ilford, say council chiefs will have “blood on their hands” if they go through with proposals to close it for good.

They are looking at yearly savings of £551,000 by axing the Monday to Friday service, which has 145 active users, as well as closing a housing complex for those with mental health needs.

Ian Levene, of Mount Pleasant, Ilford, has been using the day centre for 10 years.

He said: “It’s a place where people can meet friends and can get on with their lives without being indoors all the time.”

Mr Levene added: “We know cuts have to me made – they (council chiefs) should cap their salaries. If they’ve been throwing money around for years and years, don’t blame us.”

The centre houses an art and TV room, as well as facilities for massage and quiet time.

Polly Kourtellas, 47, has relied on the centre for five years.

Polly, of Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside, said: “It helps me to not be isolated indoors. The only place I eat is at the centre.

“I’m on medication and if I feel isolated it makes me self-harm. It’s helped me a hell of a lot.”

Council bosses say relocating service users to existing schemes in the borough will be a “considerable challenge”.

The proposals are part of £5.8million of savings being made by the council to offset government budget cuts.

Town Hall bosses are also proposing to close Abury House, Aldborough Road North, Newbury Park, which is a supported accommodation complex with nine purpose-built flats for people with mental health needs…..

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