MK Citizen launches campaign to save sheltered housing’s warden service from extinction

Mary Dalkin, 83, says her warden will arrive in a "matter of seconds" if she needs help. She worries what the future will hold without the service.
Mary Dalkin, 83, says her warden will arrive in a "matter of seconds" if she needs help. She worries what the future will hold without the service.

The Citizen has today launched a campaign to safeguard an essential service for our elderly - after a shocking plan to axe wardens from sheltered housing was revealed.

Last night hundreds of pensioners attended a council meeting to protest against the “heartless” proposals to force 674 elderly residents in MK to live without the support of an on-site warden at their sheltered housing.

Now this newspaper is determined to rescue the vital service from extinction.

Editor Olga Norford said: “If the plans are passed by full council, wardens will scrapped by April 2016. “Elderly people are scared and vulnerable - we cannot let this happen.

“Axing wardens will be putting the elderly at risk, creating a continuing sense of unease in their lives and have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing.”

The Citizen’s campaign has been backed by city MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster.

In a joint statement, they said: “We have received a wave of emails and phone calls from residents terrified about the proposals to withdraw wardens.

“Whilst we appreciate that this is driven by the intention to be financially sensible, the consequential long term costs of doing this would be huge.

“Wardens are pivotal to the whole idea of sheltered accommodation and offer an invaluable source of comfort to those that need it.”

Last night Labour councillors argued that government cuts have meant they must find ways of saving £22million from next year’s budget.

They formally sent the plans to public consultation, which is open until January 20.

If the plans are passed by full council, the wardens will be scrapped by April 2016.

Force MK Council to scrap its proposal to axe wardens for sheltered housing by signing our petition here.

> The council’s consultation has now gone live. Make your views known, here.