>> 2 October 2012
The SNP Council Group has again called for a rethink on the provision of sheltered housing officer cover following the announcement of massive Council underspends.
The SNP Group said:
"It is also an indication that the drastic budget cuts which have been made on top of that underspend may have been quite unnecessary.
“Now we are being presented with the revelation that the cuts to sheltered housing officer cover have produced even bigger ‘saving’ than anticipated, much of it from unfilled vacancies, yet the ‘Alliance’ seem determined to try to paint that as yet another victory for prudence.”
Cllr Merson, who has led on this issue on behalf of the SNP Council Group remarked:
“Residents are also complaining of the extensive use of agency staff who are unfamiliar with the workings of the complexes – or the residents.
“I am aware that a number of sheltered housing residents have expressed their serious concerns with the new arrangements that have been put in place.
"Those arrangements are currently being reviewed, and the outcome is to be brought before councillors in November.
"I have therefore written to the Director of Housing & Social Work to call for the abandonment of this policy.
"I know for a fact that members of the ‘Alliance’ are also receiving complaints from sheltered housing residents in their own Wards - and I call on them to look to their consciences.”
SNP Shadow Council Leader, Cllr Hamish Vernal concluded:
"We must return to the level of sheltered housing officer cover which gave the residents the support and security that is necessary for their health, safety and peace of mind.”