Speaking at a Laign and Biusson conference, the previous minister for care services announced a £3.5 million innovation fund and urged councils to 'act now and act decisively' to improve the quality and range of housing options for older people.
Every Council with Adult Social Care responsibility will be awarded approx £20,000 to develop or update its extra care housing strategy. Councils will be expected to showcase their strategies, promote good practice and exchange ideas on innovative approaches to housing with care on a new on-line web-resource.
The Department has invested £227 million in Extra Care Housing since 2004. However, there are still approx 38,000 units of accommodation compared to 10 times that for retirement housing and also residential care.