Decision details

Older Persons Independent Living with Care Allocations Policy and Processes

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes


The report will set out a proposal for how the future new build Older Persons Independent Living (OPIL) with Care schemes will be allocated.


That the Cabinet Member:-


(a) notes the proposals for allocations to the Council’s forthcoming Older Persons Independent Living with Care schemes;


(b)  approves the amendments to the Council’s Allocations Policy attached to the report at Appendix A; and


(c) agrees that the policy amendments be implemented with effect from 10th March 2021.


Reasons for the decision:

The proposal described is the preferred option as it allows the aims of the scheme to be realised and offers improved customer experience by providing the choice to access a new housing option for older people, allowing them to live independently for longer, in accommodation that is purpose built to meet their changing needs in a balanced sustainable community.


Alternative options considered:

To allocate all properties in line with general needs properties such as sheltered housing schemes. The benefits to this would be that no changes are required to the policy, and properties can be advertised and let through already established procedures. However, the schemes have a mix of both general need properties and properties with care, and this would make it more difficult to find and identify those with care needs. This customer group would also be at a disadvantage with a weekly bidding system that may be harder for them to access. The schemes aim of a balanced sustainable community would be harder to achieve.


Publication date: 04/03/2021

Date of decision: 02/03/2021

Effective from: 11/03/2021

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