Extra care housing scheme22nd July 2008
Health and Care Minister Ivan Lewis has announced that £80 million in additional funding will be set aside to develop 25 "extra care" housing schemes.
The extra funding will be portioned out to the winning schemes. The total invested by the government now stands at £227 million.
The 25 winning schemes in the bidding process, who will offer 2,035 homes, are mainly located in the Midlands and the North of England.
The schemes "were assessed on the provision of flats with a minimum of one double bedroom and making use of telecare and other technologies designed to support independent living".
The funding will help the elderly and people who have long-standing illnesses to live independently in supported housing.
People will be able to carry on living in their own homes, with the support of different services, as opposed to being looked after in a care home.
The schemes allow residents to live in self-contained flats and gives them tenancy rights. They are also able to rent or buy their properties under the terms of the lease.
Health Minister Ivan Lewis said the funding was designed to help couples to stay together and not be separated by the care system.
“Extra care housing will give people a choice about how and where they choose to spend their later life,” he said.
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Title: Extra care housing scheme
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 7607
Date Added: 22nd Jul 2008