Fears raised

The Oban Times - - Front Page - writes Louise Glen.

SHEL­TERED hous­ing on the Isle of Mull for peo­ple who need ex­tra sup­port is un­der threat.

SHEL­TERED hous­ing on the Isle of Mull for peo­ple who need ex­tra sup­port is un­der threat af­ter res­i­dents were told the property is to be­come a res­i­den­tial home,

The change will mean the loss of much-needed sup­port cur­rently given to res­i­dents ac­cord­ing to Colin McEwan, a res­i­dent and steer­ing group mem­ber at Glen Iosal, which is in Tober­mory.

He said: ‘ There is nowhere else on Mull for peo­ple with var­i­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing men­tal health is­sues to stay.

‘ This is a cen­tral govern­ment cut on the home and it is short- sighted. Trust Hous­ing pro­vides our ten­ancy in Tober­mory. At the mo­ment we have a full-time of­fi­cer, Linda Noble.

‘ We have been told that her hours have to re­duce as part of a wider sav­ing through­out Ar­gyll. There has been a £ 76,000 bud­get cut to Trust Hous­ing – in or­der to make the sav­ing staff hours are be­ing cut.

‘ They [ Trust Hous­ing] are not think­ing by any man­ner of means. The cost of care from Linda at Glen Iosal is prob­a­bly about £14.80 per res­i­dent per week. This equates to an hourand- a-half a week of care. We get so much more than that.

‘ There is no way that by re­duc­ing costs for Linda’s work would then work out as a sav­ing.

‘ There are a num­ber of res­i­dents who want to pay the short­fall for Linda’s wages. I have tried to find out the ac­tual fig­ures for the costs of keep­ing a full-time war­den – but I have heard zilch from Trust Hous­ing and the many ques­tions I have asked of them.’

Jen­nifer Wal­lace, head of hous­ing and sup­port ser­vices for Trust Hous­ing, said: ‘ We have re­ceived no­tice from the coun­cil that hous­ing sup­port fund­ing for our shel­tered de­vel­op­ment on Tober­mory will no longer be avail­able from April 2018.

‘ We ap­pre­ci­ate this is a dif­fi­cult time for our staff, ten­ants and their fam­i­lies. We are cur­rently work­ing with the coun­cil, our ten­ants and the board to dis­cuss how the ser­vice will look go­ing for­ward.’

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