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Sheltered Housing

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each (a) region and (b) local authority area (i) live in and (ii) are on a waiting list for sheltered accommodation. (268472)

Information is collected on sheltered housing schemes for older people that are in receipt of Supporting People funding. The information collected does not include a count of people but shows the number of household units that can be accommodated in the sheltered housing. A household unit can be one or more persons. A table has been placed in the Library which includes the number of household units that can be accommodated in such sheltered housing services, by region and administering authority area as at 31 December 2008.

No information is collected centrally on waiting lists for sheltered accommodation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many sheltered accommodation (a) units and (b) schemes there are in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area. (268473)

Information is collected on sheltered housing schemes for older people that are in receipt of Supporting People funding. The information collected includes the number of household units that can be accommodated in the sheltered housing. A household unit can be one or more persons.

A table has been placed in the Library showing (a) the number of household units that can be accommodated and (b) the number of sheltered housing services for older people in receipt of Supporting People funding as at 31st December 2008, by region and administering authority area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on the employment of wardens and care workers in sheltered accommodation schemes. (268474)

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not issue any guidance on the employment of wardens and care workers in sheltered accommodation.

However Communities and Local Government has recently refreshed the Quality Assessment Framework (QAF) which is a voluntary scheme that sets out the standards expected in the delivery of housing-related support services, including staff quality and competence—although not mandatory, the majority of administering authorities continue to use the QAF to continue to drive up the quality standards of service providers and to ensure that services adapt to meet the changing needs of clients.