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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council bemused by MP's approach

Published on Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is extremely disappointed in Marcus Jones MP approach to concerns raised by residents affected by the changes to the warden services.

Detailed information was emailed to the MP in October, with a clear offer to provide any further information or clarification on the matter should he require it. 

In view of this, the council is unclear why the MP felt the need to submit a Freedom of Information request but we will respond within the set timeframe. 

Mr Jones is aware that the service currently provided by the scheme managers was subsidised, by the council, by more than £600k per year after deducting the contribution that Warwickshire County Council made. They then decided to cut the funding.

Unfortunately, the cost of the Sheltered Housing Service is separate from the rent charge and therefore not eligible for housing benefit. This means that residents on lower incomes would not be able to afford the service as they would be required to pay for it themselves. 

Cllr Julie Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Housing & Communities said:

“I am very saddened that Marcus Jones MP has chosen to criticise the council in this manner. 

“I am at a loss as to understand how he can describe our approach as secretive, especially given the fact that individual consultation is being offered to all sheltered housing residents and further, that he has been invited to and accepted the offer of, a meeting with myself and the Director of Housing and Communities in order to discuss this and the other financial challenges facing the Housing Revenue Account.”