Councillor vows to fight to keep wardens in Angus

Councillor David May
Councillor David May

An Angus Councillor says he will be “fighting hard” to ensure wardens are retained at sheltered housing complexes in the county.

The council has been reviewing sheltered housing as it seeks to implement the Scottish Government’s initiative Self Directed Support (SDS), which aims to give people more control over the care and support they receive.

This has left tenants and wardens fearing the tenancy support officers (TSOs), more commonly known as wardens, will lose their jobs.

Cllr David May said: “As a councillor, I will be fighting hard to retain the wardens, and the council, despite the mess created by the SNP Government’s self-directed support, should be concentrating their energies on seeking ways to continue to deliver what the tenants want.”

The council’s social work and health committee was asked to approve several recommendations in a report looking into the future of sheltered housing in Angus.

The report recommended the authority link-up with Voluntary Action Angus to look at the potential of setting up a social enterprise.

The report was deferred to the full council meeting on February 11 following debate on the competency of a motion asking for TSOs to be retained.

Cllr May added: “It is nonsense for the residents, many of whom are not only elderly but also vulnerable, having to even consider a change from a superb warden service that they totally support to a service run by a voluntary organisation.”