DH Extra Care Housing Fund 2004 - 2005

Successful bids 2004-2005

Extra care housing fund - Successful bids announced

Speaking at a Laing & Buisson Conference on Extra Care Housing on 25th February 2004 , Health Minister Stephen Ladyman unveiled the 16 successful bids that would receive a share of the first year funding from the Department of Health's Extra Care Housing Fund that was announced last year.

The 16 schemes comprise:

Eleven bids providing 927 units of extra care housing based in the council areas of Brighton & Hove, East Riding, Enfield, Havering, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Staffordshire, Stoke-On-Trent, West Sussex. These are mainly new build, but with some remodelled schemes or a mixture of both.

Five bids that will improve communal facilities in order to qualify as extra care housing. Providing 495 extra care housing units, these will be based in Haringey, Salford, Swindon, Warrington, and Worcestershire.

A number of authorities who bid to the Extra Care Housing Fund also made bids to the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP). We have worked in partnership with colleagues from the Housing Corporation, in order to deliver best value from the available capital. A number of schemes that could not be funded through the Extra Care Housing Fund are being considered for ADP funds. Final decisions and announcements on these will be made at the same time as the Housing Corporation ADP announcement.

To make best use of the monies available in 2004/5 we have decided to follow best practice of the Housing Corporation and pre-allocate some of the funding for 2005/6. Pre-allocated schemes may be brought forward into 2004/5. Where this is not possible bids will be guaranteed priority for funding in 2005/6. Six bids two in Warrington and one each based in Gateshead, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Leeds - were identified for pre-allocation at a total cost of £17m from the 2005/6 fund of £58m and will provide a further 306 new extra care places.