Al­c­co­hol ba­nan for garage af­ter un­der-age sales

Aldershot News & Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

PEN­SION­ERS liv­ing in sup­ported hous­ing in Alder­shot have been told one-on-one meet­ings are be­ing ar­ranged with Hamp­shire County Coun­cil to al­low them to voice their fears about fund­ing be­ing with­drawn.

Around 200 res­i­dents of Alma House, in White Road, along with oth­ers in First Wes­sex ac­com­mo­da­tion, signed a pe­ti­tion to say they feel aban­doned af­ter it was an­nounced that fund­ing for sup­port work­ers and emer- gency alarm chords was be­ing cut.

The coun­cil’s Sup­port­ing People fund­ing has been se­verely im­pacted upon due to re­duced govern­ment fund­ing and it is there­fore dis­cussing re­duc­ing the num­ber of people sup­ported fi­nan­cially and ceas­ing the ser­vice that pro­vides help when a res­i­dent pulls the chord in their home in the event of a fall or other emer­gency. First Wes­sex op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Carol Wil­liams wrote to the leader of the pe­ti­tion, Sheila Cartwright, last week to ex­plain the ‘dif­fi­cult po­si­tion’ the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion and coun­cil found them­selves due to ‘sig­nif­i­cant changes in govern­ment pol­icy’.

She added that First Wes­sex, along with other land­lords, had lob­bied for the alarm ser­vice fund­ing cuts to be post­poned long enough for meet­ings to be held with res­i­dents to dis­cuss al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments and were wait­ing to hear back from the coun­cil.

“Our first con­cern is the im­pact that these de­ci­sions may have on each of our res­i­dents in­di­vid­u­ally and for this rea­son we are meet­ing with ev­ery­one on a one-toone ba­sis so that we can es­tab­lish each per­son's needs and how these can be best ad­dressed. In some cases the coun­cil will con­tinue to fund an in­di­vid­ual’s sup­port ser­vices but for oth­ers we will have to have dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing what ser­vices are needed and whether the in­di­vid­ual would want to pay for these them­selves.”

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