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Sheltered housing consultation is extended

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is extending its consultation on sheltered housing proposals and organising extra roadshows as a response to feedback so tenants have even more chance to have their say.

The council is proposing a range of improvements to sheltered housing and associated services based on the feedback it received from residents in the first stage of a consultation process last year.

The suggestions include providing a more tailored service for tenants based on their individual needs by replacing the role of wardens with two new types of support and contact which would offer a more comprehensive service.

Currently, all sheltered housing tenants pay for a warden service whether they need it or not. The proposals would offer a fairer model, with tenants able to choose the level of support they want.

The new support service would also be available to the wider community rather than just sheltered housing tenants so it would enable more people to live independently in their own home for longer. It would also offer more 24/7 coverage to respond to emergency calls quicker.

Other proposals include improvements to sheltered housing stock and initiatives to address issues of social isolation and loneliness.

The second stage of the consultation was scheduled to end on 31 October but this has now been extended to 15 December in response to feedback so tenants have even more time to have their say on the proposals.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, housing and the environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We've had a good response to the consultation and offer a big thank you to everyone who has taken part so far."However, we want to make sure we reach as many people as possible, face-to-face, to answer questions and to help them be part of the process."We've listened to all the feedback so far and people have lots of questions about the proposals so we think it's important to extend the deadline and make further effort to speak to tenants so they can have their say on how we improve sheltered housing and support services.

"We held 20 drop-in sessions at sheltered housing schemes across the East Riding and we are now organising roadshows to visit more schemes so that we can hear from tenants who may not have taken part so far."

Every sheltered housing property received a questionnaire and about 900 completed forms have been received by the council, which Cllr Fraser said was a good response rate of about 50% - but the council wants to make sure that every tenant has as much opportunity as possible to air their views.

If any tenants would like more information about the proposals, or to request another consultation form, please email or telephone the tenants' participation team on 01482 396301.