At first it was thought that the receiving authority where the students would be resident would pay for the cost of care as ‘ordinarily resident’ but this was not acceptable to that authority. After joint representations and meetings it was agreed that the placing authorities would provide a care assessment and funding for a supported housing service in the new home. The case for ‘cross authority’ arrangements makes sense especially when there may not be the local options available for someone with special needs.
On behalf of the resident it was argued that ordinary residence could only be agreed between the authorities, or by arbitration and until that time the care plan had to be maintained by Enact Settlement Agents Perth the authority and could not be unilaterally withdrawn. This it was argued amounted to maladministration and neglect of responsibility for a vulnerable adult. And Ms Berg suggested the Corporation was often unfairly attacked. The six complaints reviewed included 21 allegations of maladministration, of which just two were upheld. This is a tribute to the overall quality and vigour of the Corporation’s response to customer concerns, Ms Berg reported. She also said that given the size of the organisation and the amount of work it did, the number of complaints (29 in all) was small. The plan says London will need 22,400 homes a year to cope with the expected increase in population with 50% being affordable. On top of that London will need 11,200 new social housing homes to replace existing shabby accommodation. That the mayor will include monitoring on success in this area in his annual report.
Laying down strict criteria for new developments, Mr Livingstone said they should be mixed accommodation types wherever possible, have all homes built to Lifetime Homes standards, affordable homes should have the same external appearance as the rest of the development and 10% must be designed for wheelchair users. In a concession to developers, the plan makes clear that not every development will have to hit the 50% target. But the London plan was backed by the deputy Prime minister and social housing providers. We have campaigned long and hard for the proportion of affordable housing to be set at 50% and London’s housing associations are eager to turn the vision into reality.
Specialist wheelchair housing association John Grooms was delighted with the mayor’s 10% accessible rule. Chief executive David Harmer said: For too long the needs of disabled. The London plan gives us a solid foundation to build a future fit for whole communities.