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Council Looks to Continue Offering Support for Independent Living

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The Perth and Kinross Council has released its report to the Housing and Communities Committee on the progress of developing independent living.

The report outlines the achievements from the council on developing this support and so far its found that the number of housing has increased, access to resources improved and refurbishments to existing accommodation were made.

Housing and Communities Committee Convener, Councillor Bob Brawn, said: “A good house to live in is one of the foundations of a healthy life, and housing plays a vital role in driving down health inequalities. High-quality, appropriate housing enables people with health or support needs to be empowered to live independent lives at home, which is what people have told us they want.

“As a result of our hard work over the last 12 months many people have been able to access housing of a type and in an area that is suitable for their current and future household needs. We are enabling them to live independently at home for longer, which has had a hugely positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”

The team set a target of building 550 new homes, then in total 861 were built. Over the past twelve months, 215 households have moved into new housing.

They’ve also set up resources to help people adjust to independent living, while also refurbishing other accommodation to be more inclusive for people with conditions such as dementia.

Vice Convener, Councillor Chris Ahern, added: “We already have a good range of adapted accommodation and support options for people when they need help. Our second Housing Contributions Statement supports the development of future supported accommodation for people who need help to live independently.

“The ageing population of Perth and Kinross along with increasing demands for complex adaptations to existing homes, and for specialist housing and support, means there will be challenges ahead. We have a plan that will ensure that our services and delivery models are in place to enable us to meet these challenges, so that everyone in Perth and Kinross can have the housing they need to live independent and healthy lives.”

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