Better housing promised in learning disability housing strategy

More adapted homes will be built and improvements made to existing homes as part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s five year housing strategy for people with a learning disability.

Developing housing which better meets the needs of ageing residents and a more personalised approach are among the pledges made.

The learning disability housing strategy 2017-2022 was developed from the findings of a report the Council commissioned from Golden Lane Housing to review the current housing on offer and consider what housing is likely to be needed in the future.

People with a learning disability who live in existing housing provision, their families and Learning Disability MPs from the Greenwich Learning Disability People’s Parliament are among those who have been involved in the development of the strategy which was approved at the Cabinet meeting on 24 January 2018.

A housing brokerage service to provide dedicated advice, information and guidance to people with a learning disability and their carers has already been established off the back of the report’s findings that more people with a learning disability with more complex needs will require housing in the future.

Further strategy consultation dates will be announced shortly.

John Verge, Head of Development at Golden Lane Housing said, “We’re delighted the Cabinet has approved the housing strategy for people with a learning disability. Working together with Royal Greenwich, people with a learning disability, their families and other organisations, the strategy has been co-produced to enable people with a learning disability to live in good quality homes that meet their needs. We are looking forward to continuing this important work through the implementation plan.”

Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Good quality housing is crucial to supporting people with learning disabilities achieve their outcomes and live the lives they want to lead. This strategy will ensure that people with a learning disability in the Royal Borough of Greenwich have a greater say on how and where they live, can access the same opportunities in life as everyone else and increase their independence.”

Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member for Housing and Anti-Poverty, said: “This strategy builds on the Council’s commitment to people with learning disabilities by ensuring we have sustainable, good quality homes for people with learning disabilities in the years to come. Thank you to all the people who have been involved in the development of the strategy so far and we will continue to consult as we deliver on the pledges made.”

Robert Daniels, Housing MP for Greenwich Learning Disability People’s Parliament, said: “I am really pleased there is a new Housing Strategy for people with a learning disability. We look forward to working with the Council and having our views heard over the next 5 years.”

The learning disability strategy will help inform the Council’s full housing strategy which is expected to be available for consultation later this year.