Wardens for Sheltered Housing Schemes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2509
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Although not part of the GLA remit, is the Mayor concerned at the rising numbers of Sheltered Accommodation schemes across London that have lost their full time on site warden?

Answer

Answer for Wardens for Sheltered Housing Schemes

Answer for Wardens for Sheltered Housing Schemes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of the rise in the number of sheltered accommodation schemes across London that have lost their full time on site wardens. I am also aware of the concerns that this has caused to the residents of sheltered schemes. Changes in funding and difficulties in recruiting staff have undoubtedly had an impact on the number of wardens. For some older people this represents a worse service. But I also understand that residents now coming into sheltered accommodation typically need more specialised and intensive support than was previously the case. For these people 24 hour access to specialist staff is being offered in the place of a live-in warden which in many cases provides high quality, appropriate care. However, I also think that there needs to be greater clarity about what and how sheltered housing should deliver and the services that should be provided to meet the needs of residents. Where appropriate this should include sheltered accommodation schemes with full time on site wardens.