National award for home adaptions team
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.”