NHS ‘on verge of collapse’ as care packages are slashed
A care package for elderly people at the home of an elderly couple in London could be cut by as much as £3,000 as the NHS struggles to cope with a backlog of applications.
The couple’s two-bedroom flat has been a shelter for elderly and frail residents in the Kensington area since it was built in 1948.
They were given the house after the local council sold it to a private developer.
It was the first of its kind in London when the area was a borough, but has since been subdivided and re-developed.
But it has been under constant threat of demolition by developers who have been forced to sell it.
The council said it had now received 4,000 applications to buy the property, which was due to be demolished at the end of the month.
The housing charity Shelter said it could lose £10,000 in its own housing fund if the house was demolished.
It said it was worried about the future of the care homes that are already being built.
Shelter said the Grenfell Tower disaster had led to an increase in the number of people applying for housing in the borough.
The Grenfell Action Group has been calling for a “fair and humane” process to help the vulnerable elderly to be given a home in the next two years.
But, in a statement, the council said: “We are working closely with the local authority to secure the best possible outcome for residents who have applied for a care package at the house.”
We have recently completed an extensive planning process and a plan has been drafted to ensure the best outcome for those who wish to move in.
“We hope to receive applications from as many as 10,000 people by the end for the final round of applications.”
Shelter said: We are worried about what this means for the future housing stock.
The council’s housing strategy states that the borough needs to develop more than 400 new homes by 2020.””
The Grenfell community have been told to be patient, and that is very much the case.”
The council’s housing strategy states that the borough needs to develop more than 400 new homes by 2020.
“However, with the housing crisis worsening and the council under pressure to sell its properties, we would urge the council to do everything it can to help ensure that this happens.”