As it turns out, my 96-year-old grandmother's warden service is being axed. And it's happening all over. Inside Housing magazine estimates that
Three-quarters of councils have reduced warden services or are considering [reductions]...Mature Times explains the trend:
Historically, the Warden system has worked very well financially for decades. For residents receiving Housing Benefit the pro rata costs of the Wardens salary was paid from within their allowance, and self- funded residents paid the housing provider for a Warden facility through service charges.The government and the Labour Party nationally appear comfortable with what is happening. To their credit, however, local Labour politicians are opposing the cuts, and belatedly there is a coordinated, national effort to save warden services, the Sheltered Housing Association.
Then in 2003 the Government ceased funding Wardens in this way and passed the money to local organisations, usually councils, and named these organisations 'Supporting People'. They took over the local funding and care provision, and sheltered housing was moved from General Needs housing into their care umbrella.
To inspire us further, Inside Housing reports the successful campaign to save wardens in Brighton, under the banner 'We ♥ wardens'. Let's try and repeat their achievement in Barnet!