Sheltered housing wardens face the axe

Celebrations in 2012
Celebrations in 2012

Much-needed wardens are being scrapped at three sheltered housing complexes in Rasen after a funding cut by Lincolnshire County Council.

The council has pulled £250,000 of funding it gave to Acis Group to run nine sheltered schemes for elderly and disabled people in West Lindsey.

It affects Fletcher Court and Lammas Leas in Market Rasen, Braemar Close in Middle Rasen, Dale View in Caistor, Park House in Welton, two schemes in Gainsborough, one in Bardney and one in 
Saxilby.

By March next year about 260 people will be left without the peace of mind a warden brings.

Instead the cash will be used to fund a new county-wide ‘wellbeing service’, which the council says will support even more people.

An Acis spokesman said: “Although we recognise the reasons behind the council introducing the new wellbeing service, it will mean that our tenants see a change.

“Most notably, the new service will not be based around a resident manager and the personal contact they provide.

“We know that the current service is popular but it cannot continue to be provided without the funding that it currently receives.

“It is welcomed that the new wellbeing service will aim to ensure that people have the best chance to remain safe and independent at home, and recognise that a key part of it will be the provision of a 24 hour emergency call service.

“We will still be the landlord of all our sheltered schemes and intend to work with the new service provider to make the change as smooth as 
possible.”

Just last year residents at Lammas Leas were celebrating after winning a four-year battle to keep their warden.

The campaign started after residents were told onsite wardens would be replaced by a form of floating system.

It caused residents a great deal of unrest - and now they are facing the same despair 
again.

Acis Group has organised a week of drop-in sessions at all nine of its sheltered 
schemes.

This started yesterday, November 19.