Sunday, 29 March 2015

Wardens call to deputy PM

Sheltered housing residents have written to the deputy prime minister asking him to bring back live-in wardens throughout the country.

Campaign group Sheltered Housing UK wrote to Nick Clegg following a pre-election interview with Inside Housing in which he said residents should be able to vote on whether to keep a live-in warden (Inside Housing, 23 April).

In an exclusive interview before the election, he said ‘lots of people who move into sheltered housing do expect a 24-hour warden’. ‘I rather like the idea Help the Aged has come up with about putting changes to warden services to a vote of affected residents,’ Mr Clegg added. ‘That’s the kind of good practice I hope more housing associations and councils will use.’

SHUK also asked Mr Clegg to ring-fence budgets for sheltered housing and to pass their views to Eric Pickles, communities and local government secretary.

Anne Jepson, SHUK’s secretary, said the current situation, where councils or social landlords decide whether or not to keep live-in wardens in their social housing schemes was a ‘location lottery’.

The group has not yet received a reply from Mr Clegg.

The Cabinet Office was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

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