Wealden MP, Charles Hendry, has welcomed the scope under the Government’s New Deal for Older People to give elderly people more choice and control over where they live, so that they are not pressured to sell their homes or move into residential care.
In a statement, he said the scheme is seen as “win-win” for a future model for councils across the country.
The scheme will help those older people, who wish to do so, to move into rented accommodation, with the Council taking responsibility for maintaining and letting their property at an affordable rate.
Homeowners will benefit from the rental income from their home, which will be passed back into their estate at an agreed date.
The Government is providing funding for home adaptations under this new deal, and backing innovative schemes that offer elderly people the assistance they need to live independently.
Mr Hendry said: “We have many older people in Wealden, living in their family homes but worrying how they can pay their bills.
Equally, we have many families which are struggling to find accommodation, and this proposal will help to free up some family homes for rent, in a way that takes the stress and anxiety of doing so away from the owner.
“This announcement will not just be welcomed by the elderly, but by their families. It is an announcement that will ease a great deal of worry for people that know they will begin to struggle to live independently in a few years.
“Wealden has some excellent residential care homes, which I have visited during my time as the local MP, but for many people, their understandable priority is to stay living in their own homes for as long as possible. This proposal should help them to do so.”