The York Council has gone through today with its threat to cease the hedge and grass cutting service provided for many elderly and disabled people in the City
As we forecast, the Council is hoping to save £46,000 a year expenditure on its housing revenue account (HRA).
The HRA currently has a surplus of over £23 million and made £4.3m profit last year
The garden assistance scheme is available to tenants aged over 70 who are physically unable to cut the hedges and grass in their gardens.
The hedges are cut twice a year and the grass on 7 occasions.
409 tenants received the service in 2016.
365 received the service in 2017 following a tightening of the criteria for qualification.
It is thought that the new scheme involving use of the “handyman service” could cater for up to 306 elderly people.
The rest would not be given help. A waiting list might have to be established.
The service will in future be means rested.
The cut has been agreed by a Tory Councillor without any consultation with local Resident Associations or the citywide Tenants Federation.