• Conor calls for Government rethink after visit to local supporting housing scheme

    Conor McGinn has called for the Government to rethink its decision to cut financial assistance for vulnerable people in supported housing.

    The MP spoke out after visiting Heald Farm Court in Newton-le-Willows, one of Helena’s 22 supported housing schemes in the borough, which provides homes for over 80 vulnerable older people.

    The implementation of a cap will reduce the specialist services provided to those in supported housing schemes increasing pressures on the NHS and local authority.

    National Housing Federation research shows those affected will lose an average of £68 a week, making many sheltered housing schemes unsustainable with some estimates suggesting over 80,000 places could be lost nationally.

    On his visit, Conor heard from residents, staff and Helena’s managing director about the implications for the community in St Helens.

    Conor said:

    “This policy will have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable in our community. If the Tories press ahead, the loss of support will have serious consequences for older residents, veterans and victims of domestic abuse living in this sort of accommodation.

    “Schemes like the one I visited at Heald Farm Court are fantastic places, but there is only so much the staff and Helena can do to protect those that need our support. The Government must listen and act.”