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Lancashire council greenlights funding for extra care scheme

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Lancashire County Council has approved a request for funding for an extra care scheme designed to reduce “reliance on long-term residential care placements”.

People requiring support can spend longer living in their own home under extra care schemes, easing the pressure on care homes.

As part of its Housing with Care and Support Strategy (2018-2025), the council will develop “more affordable rented extra care for older people and supported housing apartments for younger adults with disabilities”, according to the summary of its 3 September meeting.

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Graham Gooch, county councillor and cabinet member, said: “We plan to provide 1,000 new extra care units across Lancashire by 2025, with at least one scheme in each district.

“This funding approach gives housing providers the best way to access the funding they need to develop the schemes.

“The county council will work alongside them to develop the services, and deliver the care once they are up and running.

“We have set out how we need to provide more flexible forms of care for older people and adults with disabilities, instead of relying on long-term residential care in our ‘Housing with Care and Support Strategy’.

“Agreeing this new funding approach is a key part of our plans.”

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