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Dumfries and Galloway sheltered housing funds approved

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Image caption Funding concerns had sparked concerns over services for vulnerable elderly residents

A new funding deal has been agreed to stave off a threat to sheltered housing services for vulnerable elderly residents in Dumfries and Galloway.

It followed a warning from Trust Housing Association (THA) that it was running at a deficit and would have to axe overnight wardens at three sites.

Services in Dumfries, Stranraer and Newton Stewart were under threat.

A housing sub-committee has now agreed to increase the value of THA's contract by more than £47,500-a-year.

THA provides a mix of sheltered accommodation for elderly residents across the region.

In total, it has 144 properties.

Emergency risk

While operating costs have risen year on year, Dumfries and Galloway Council had not increased the value of housing support contracts since 2003.

It led to a crisis point in January when THA revealed it was operating at a loss and warned that, unless the local authority increased funding, it would have to withdraw overnight wardens from sites in Dumfries, Stranraer and Newton Stewart.

This sparked fears that residents would be left feeling vulnerable and could be at risk in the event of an emergency.

In response, the council agreed stop-gap funding to allow time for further negotiations.

Now, the housing sub-committee has agreed to increase the value of THA's contract to just under £250,000-a-year.

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