Angus Council leader assures that residents’ views are being heard

Council leader, Iain Gaul
Council leader, Iain Gaul

The leader of Angus Council, Councillor Iain Gaul, has issued an assurance that views of sheltered housing residents are being listened to.

The assurance comes as residents plan to protest outside a meeting of Angus Council today (Thursday), following concerns for the service.

Councillor Gaul said: “This is an important consultation with residents. It will help us assess what people want and need from the sheltered housing service to ensure it is fit for purpose in the future.

“I would like to thank all of the residents who have taken part in the consultation. We will now be looking in detail at all of the responses and I stress everyone’s views will be considered as part of that process. No decisions have been taken.”

The council is consulting with sheltered housing tenants about the facilities and services offered, as part of a broad review of the care and support services provided in the county.

Many people are receiving tailored care and support packages that allow them to live at home for as long as they can. These packages are based on the assessed needs of the individual, rather than being attached to any tenancy they have. The introduction of Self Directed Support now gives people the option to choose who will provide that care.

Councillor Gaul continued: “Our care services must be focused on people rather than places, so care is attached to your needs rather than your address.

“We have an idea from current and projected demand and tenants’ feedback, that there are differing views about our current sheltered housing service.

“We anticipate we will need less sheltered housing in the future but we may need more of other types of housing for older people.

“The purpose of this consultation with sheltered housing tenants is to properly gather their views to give us an accurate picture of what people need, so we can plan for the future and provide the most appropriate type of housing for people’s needs.

“We are only part of the way through this process so while I appreciate that people want to know what will happen all I can say at this stage is that we are listening to tenants and we will keep them informed.”