Pensioner support funds could be slashed by £350k

Pensioner support funds could be slashed by £350k

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Laura Enfield

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Pensioner support funds could be slashed by £350k

Money for pensioner support services will be slashed by £350,000 if sweeping changes are given the go ahead.

The council wants to close the 'expensive and poor quality' Gardner House Day Centre and withdraw funding for wardens in sheltered housing schemes.

It plans to replace the services by expanding support provided by volunteers.

It says the current arrangements do not provide 'value for money' and the changes will save £145,000 in 2012/13 and £350,000 ever year thereafter.

Almost 700 elderly people would be affected and a two-month consultation was due to start on Wednesday.

It will end on January 31 and a report of the outcome will go to cabinet in April with approved changes made from September 2012.

It wants to move some services to Lady Elizabeth House in Boyn Hill Avenue and £40,000 invested to develop voluntary support work there.

It also wants to cut the £300,000 it pays each year towards wardens and support staff in 30 sheltered housing schemes across the borough. They are home to 652 elderly people.

Instead it wants to invest £20,000 in expanding the work of charities such as Crossroads, Alzheimer's Society and Age Concern in community based facilities.

For the full story see this week's Maidenhead Advertiser.

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