Statement to our residents receiving Housing Related Support

Tandridge District Council receives about £272,000 per year from Surrey County Council to help towards the cost of running the sheltered housing service including the cost of providing the Sheltered Scheme Co-ordinator service. Currently, the Council provides around 650 sheltered units of accommodation.

Surrey County Council has recently written to all residents in sheltered housing schemes to invite them to take part in a consultation about Housing Related Support. Due to cuts to funding and increased demand on services, the County Council is proposing to no longer provide Housing Related Support funding to Tandridge District Council or to any other sheltered housing providers across Surrey from April 2018.

Information packs have been delivered to all residents in sheltered housing schemes and contain details of all the ways to get involved in the consultation which runs until 13 August 2017. The Council encourages all residents to take the time to respond and will be responding itself.  Anyone who needs help in completing their response should contact their Sheltered Scheme Co-ordinator.

In response to the consultation, Tandridge District Council is in the process of identifying those in greatest need and looking at the ways it can consider supporting people in future.

David Weightman, Chairman of the Housing Committee, said: “We are aware Surrey County Council’s consultation is causing concern among residents in our sheltered housing schemes. We want to reassure residents we are looking at exploring all options to ensure the people who are most vulnerable continue to get help. We await the outcome of the consultation with interest and will keep working to put robust support plans in place for the future.”

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