Council working hard to provide housing options for older people across borough

Trafford Council is continuing to deliver on its commitment to work to provide housing options for older people across the borough.

The Council has recently published the Trafford’s Older Peoples’ Housing Strategy 2020-2025 report which identifies how the Council and its partners are working to provide a range of quality, affordable and attractive housing options to enable older people to live independently in Trafford.

The report points to a number of successes: 

  • Trafford Council has ensured registered providers have undertaken a suitability and condition survey to ensure the existing older person accommodation remains fit for purpose in the future. 
  • Trafford’s Welfare Rights service has helped more than 438 older customers ensure they have enough money for fuel by helping them access grants and benefits. Trafford Council have funded four Community Hubs which signpost Older Persons for advice and information, including pension credit. 
  • The Council has continued the work of further understanding the older persons housing market through housing market needs and demand surveys. The Council now has as an understanding of the current older persons housing market which has been shared with colleagues. Targeted presentations and sharing of information will continue throughout the new year. 

The strategy sits under Trafford’s main Housing Strategy 2018-2023 and plays a role in delivering the priorities set out in Greater Manchester. 

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Advice, said: “The aim of the five-year strategy is to help older people within the housing market. We aim to ensure that there is a focus on suitable housing, care and support. But we also wants to maximise independence and quality of life by enabling people to live in their own homes. The strategy has already been successful in a number of areas and that is great news.”

Posted on Thursday 1st February 2024