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[Mr. Bill Olner in the Chair] — Wardens (Sheltered Housing)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:58 am on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud 9:58 am, 20th October 2009

Yes, I agree with the hon. Gentleman. As much as I do not want to see death by review, there is a lack of good qualitative research that looks at costs and some of the reasons why people go into sheltered accommodation. The point that I was going on to make was about how we manage the way in which people exit-I do not mean "exit" in the worst possible way, but literally the way in which people need to move into residential care because they are no longer capable of being nursed. That is why I liked the concept of very sheltered accommodation, as it was a stepping-stone. However, the issues are not easy, and they must be coped with at an individual level.

We need to get out there and proclaim the value of sheltered accommodation. It must change and be updated, and it certainly needs investment, but the benefits are there for all to see. I congratulate the hon. and learned Member for Torridge and West Devon, who spelled out those benefits much more fluently than I have done, but consultation with those in sheltered accommodation must be a real exercise. It must involve participation, and it certainly must give people-