Councillor denies scrapping plans to rid sheltered housing of wardens

Councillor Nigel Long
Councillor Nigel Long

A councillor under fire for plans to axe sheltered housing wardens says he will “modernise” the service - but can’t guarantee jobs won’t be lost.

Nigel Long, Labour cabinet member of health and adult social care, has denied rumours that he will scrap his proposal - despite overwhelming opposition from protesting pensioners.

Instead Mr Long says he will listen to the public - and look to find new ways to run the service.

He told the Citizen: “I cannot say that we won’t lose wardens. However, we are looking at different ways to fund the service.

“I am hoping it will continue, but in a different format.”

It follows the Citizen’s campaign to save the vital service for MK’s elderly, which has been backed by city MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart.

Today Mr Long called on the MPs to join him on a visit to Westminster - to meet with health minister Alistair Burt.

Mr Long added: “I welcome the MPs support for the Citizen and would like to join them in a meeting with the health minister to get a better and fair deal for MK’s adult health and social care budget.”

> To sign the Citizen’s petition to save wardens, click here.