Na­tional award for home adap­tions team

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

THE coun­cil has been given an award for its ‘home adap­ta­tions ser­vice’ for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Cheshire East Coun­cil team was named ‘home adap­ta­tions ser­vice of the year’ at the Home Im­prove­ment Agency awards for its in­no­va­tive work in pre­ven­tion and early in­ter­ven­tion and its holis­tic ap­proach to sup­port­ing dis­abled peo­ple to live in­de­pen­dently at home.

The coun­cil has also stream­lined the way it de­liv­ers dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties grants by cut­ting red tape, ad­mis­sions to hos­pi­tal and res­i­den­tial care, and in­creased the ceil­ing for grants to £50,000, which has made it eas­ier for car­ers and ex­tended fam­ily of dis­abled chil­dren to get loans.

Coun­cil­lor Ains­ley Arnold, cab­i­net mem­ber for hous­ing and plan­ning, said: “I am de­lighted that our suc­cess in this very im­por­tant sec­tor of coun­cil work has been recog­nised at na­tional level.

“Cheshire East has a core pol­icy to pro­mote long and healthy lives and to en­able peo­ple to live in­de­pen­dently and safely in their own homes.

“Re­liev­ing the pres­sure on health ser­vices and so­cial care is a cru­cial role for this coun­cil and it is re­ward­ing for the staff in­volved to see their work recog­nised with this award.”

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