The Forum continues to work with members following the recent announcement that £1m of the £3m funding for sheltered housing is to be withdrawn in April 2017 and the remaining £2m withdrawn at the end of December 2017.
17 of the Forum’s member housing associations in Glasgow are affected by these cuts – 40 sheltered and very sheltered housing schemes, 1,300 residents and over 60 staff.
The time-line for the proposed cuts is totally unrealistic with a planned implementation date of April 2017. Unfortunately, our efforts to delay this implementation date have been in vain.
Members are currently consulting with their Boards, tenants and staff, to consider their options with regard to potential reconfiguration of services. The Forum is meeting regularly with members who are affected by the cuts, and is also having an ongoing dialogue with social work senior officers to discuss the potential opportunities for members to access the remaining £2m for remodelled housing support services.
GWSF’s purpose is to promote represent and campaign on behalf of local community controlled housing associations and co-operatives in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
We do this by:
Our committee-member led campaign group reconvened this year to focus on the key issues which impact on CCHAs and on their communities. Maureen Cope, the Group’s Chair gave a rousing account of the Bedroom Tax Campaign at our annual conference last year. The group has been meeting with CPAG, the Poverty Alliance, and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector to plan where it will be most useful to focus its energies over the coming months.
The Campaign Group will keep members informed on its activities at the Forum’s regular open meetings and we’ll also keep you updated here. Watch this space!