Conservative Government provides funding to help Greenwich's elderly tenants

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has offered older tenants in Greenwich struggling to manage and heat their large family homes extra help to ensure that they can find smaller properties more suited to their needs.

Greenwich will get a share of £13 million to make it easier for those tenants wanting to move from larger family homes to smaller, more manageable homes, to do so.

Ministers are clear that they will not force people to move - but want to provide a helping hand to those wanting to do so.

Greenwich Council will be able to use this funding as they see fit to better meet the needs of their tenants, with measures such as:

  • A dedicated officer to help find residents a suitable new home
  • A moving service to help tenants with every aspect of moving, from joining them on viewings to organising packing and removal services
  • Handymen to decorate and make repairs to their new home, including putting up shelves and installing white goods

Cllr Adam Thomas said: 'This is good news for our elderly tenants in the Borough, the Government has been clear that if they want help to move, they'll get it., and we'll be making sure that the council uses this money effectively to help tenants who would like to move to more manageable accommodation.'

For more information: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1821513