Angus sheltered housing residents say ‘let’s sit around a table and talk’ to council

Sheltered housing residents and Angus Against Cuts protested outside a meeting of Angus Council in December.
Sheltered housing residents and Angus Against Cuts protested outside a meeting of Angus Council in December.

Sheltered housing residents want to sit around a table with councillors and officials to reach an agreement where wardens can be retained.

A report into the future of sheltered housing in Angus will be presented to the full council meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

A decision as to whether tenancy support officers (TSOs), often called wardens, will be retained is set to be made by councillors at the meeting.

Last week, tenants submitted a 2000-name petition to the local authority.

Ted Smith, resident at Blackfriars Court in Montrose, said: “We want to sit around the table with the TSOs, councillors, council officials and any other interested parties to make a decision that everybody is happy with.

“I think it is the only solution worth considering.

“We urge councillors to listen to us and the public. We need the TSOs. They are our lifeline.”

New legislation coined self-directed support (SDS) means people are being given more choice and control over the care they receive.

Mr Smith said residents would be happy pay for the TSO service, adding he understood this is what Dundee City Council offers and wants Angus Council to consider something similar.

Dundee City Council’s website states a service charge is added to tenants’ weekly rent to cover the cost of running the warden service, communal services, fire alarms and laundries.

The report going before full council states demand for sheltered housing in Angus is reducing, but Mr Smith said: “We contacted all the sheltered housing complexes in the county and to the best our knowledge at the end of January there were only about 10 vacancies in the whole of Angus.

“On behalf of sheltered housing residents, I want to thank everyone who has supported us, signed the petition and came to the meetings we held at complexes across Angus.”

Tenants will be protesting outside Town and County Hall in Forfar at 1.30pm tomorrow and are calling for the community to join them.