John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary and Barbara Keeley, Shadow Care Minister, were in Nottinghamshire yesterday to visit one of the flagship Nottinghamshire Extra Care Housing Facilities.
Accompanied by Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Adult Social Care and Health Committees, John and Barbara were shown around the facilities run by Gedling homes at St Andrew’s House in Mapperley Nottinghamshire.
With 32 apartments, on-site care staff and a range of facilities including dining room, hairdressing facilities a garden and a conservatory, building Extra Care Housing facilities was a pledge in Labour’s 2013 election campaign and they have recently announced that they have delivered on this pledge.
During the visit they met with a local resident in their apartment, toured the site and joined residents for lunch before meeting with employees from the centre.
Speaking after the visit, Alan Rhodes, Labour’s Leader on Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I was delighted to welcome John Healey to Nottinghamshire to visit one of our Extra Care Housing facilities.
“We made a pledge in 2013 that we would build Extra Care Housing facilities for our residents and I am delighted to announce that we have delivered on this pledge.
“Our flagship Extra Care Housing not only helps us tackle the housing shortages across the county, but also enables them to live independent lives, yet have the support and facilities on hand if they should need it. Our partnerships are essential in enabling us to do this and I am delighted that between us we are continuing to support the residents of Nottinghamshire.”
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing said: “The facilities here at St Andrew’s House and the other Extra Care Housing facilities across Nottinghamshire, are a great example of how Labour Councils across the country are working with local providers to help tackle the country’s housing crisis.
“As well as dealing with a housing shortage, there are fantastic benefits for Nottinghamshire’s elderly people who chose to live at one of these fantastic Extra Care Housing facilities including the reassurance of on-site care staff, enabling residents to continue to live independently.
“I was delighted to have been invited along yesterday to see the site and meet with some of the residents and I praise Labour controlled Nottinghamshire County Council for their pledge ahead of this year’s elections to continue to build more Extra Care Housing in each of the county’s districts.”