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Specialist Housing report

Published: 11/04/2019

When they meet later this month, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet members will be asked to note and support the work of the Specialist Housing Group in reducing the number of people on the specialist housing register.

Specialist housing, also called accessible housing, meets the needs of a specific group of people including: people with disabilities, primarily physical disabilities; and older people who have become less mobile.

By investing in and adapting people’s homes, we are providing our residents with increased independence and dignity.

The Council has a Specialist Housing Register to identify all the households where there is a physically disabled resident requiring accessible housing.

Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Housing, Neal Cockerton, said:

“There are currently 51 households on the Specialist Housing register.  Separately, there are a significant number of households on the wider Single Access Route to Housing (SARTH) requiring low level adaptations to enable them to stay at home.  Flintshire has taken the proactive step of reviewing where barriers are to ensure that the waiting times for these low level adjustments are reduced and more people are helped and supported to remain at home.

“Working with partner Housing Associations on the Specialist Housing Group, to date we have rehoused a total of 47 households into more suitable accommodation and provisionally allocated a further six, which is a real success story for partnership working.”

The numbers of households that require low level adaptations in their own properties so they can remain independently in their homes has not been captured by this Specialist Housing Group to date. However, the Group is about to undergo a review to identify a more effective and equitable way of addressing the demand for accessible homes.

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