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August
2013
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Council secures £1.5million to build extra care housing


Leeds City Council has been successful in a bid for grant funding to support the provision of new build extra care housing in the city.



Leeds is one of 86 agencies that have secured the money from the Care and Support Specialised Housing scheme delivered by the Department for Health. The council will now work with the Homes and Communities Agency to move forward with the delivery of the homes.



The extra care housing will offer older people the chance to live independently, with the option of receiving practical care or help in their homes.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:



“It is excellent that we now have £1.5million to bring extra care accommodation to the city. As part of our ambitions to become the best city to live in, it is important that we can offer a wide range of housing to cater for everyone’s needs, and this is a further step towards this.



“Housing plays a critical role in helping older people to live as independently as possible and receive care and practical help in their own home.”



Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:



“It is very important that we are able to provide modern living conditions for older people in the city, especially with the ever changing demographic of Leeds, and it is our responsibility to react to this.



“This latest award of funding will do just that and ensure we can put in place plans to deliver this as soon as possible.”





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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk