Disbanding the Housing Adaptations Panel is a welcome step in restoring care and dignity for elderly and disabled council tenants, says West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.
In early August MP Rosie raised concerns over the decisions of the Housing Adaptations Panel in two cases where they had refused essential adaptations work whilst trying to coerce the elderly tenants into moving to smaller properties. One tenant had been unable to have a bath in their own home since November 2014. Rosie received a further complaint from a family with a young child in need of adaptations who were also refused help.
MP Rosie said of the decision:
"I very much welcome the decision to get rid of the Housing Adaptations Panel. It seemed to lack any sense of care for those people desperately awaiting essential adaptation work such as walk-in showers, grab rails, and stairlifts to help people to remain in their homes and living independently.
"At the very least the elderly, disabled and most vulnerable should expect to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead their decisions left people extremely distressed and upset unnecessarily so.
"Having a group of council officers making these decisions without any clear scrutiny of or accountability for their decisions led to a process that was not fit for purpose.
"As the Borough Council revises its Housing Adaptations policy it needs to ensure that values of care, dignity and respect are at its very heart."