Approval for new sheltered housing staff

Extra staff are set to be appointed to sheltered housing schemes in the borough.

The borough council will recruit five new employees to act as sheltered housing officers to provide a morning call, tenancy management, housing advice and support.

New mayor Norma Redfearn made an election promise that there would be a full-time officer in each of the borough’s 26 sheltered housing schemes.

She said: “I know from listening to many of our residents just how much the presence of a sheltered housing officer was valued.

“I promised I would bring back a full-time sheltered housing service for each sheltered housing scheme.

“I have asked officers to start to recruit the five additional staff needed and this should be completed by early summer.”

The council is pushing ahead with the £300m Quality Homes PFI scheme, which will deliver more than 900 apartments across ten new and 16 refurbished sheltered housing schemes, and is being delivered by Solutions 4 North Tyneside, a consortium of Equitix, Miller and Keepmoat.

Work could start later this year and be completed by autumn 2016.