Giving vulnerable adults an independent life has saved taxpayers £4million

Richard Ives
Richard Ives

An independent living scheme, which has saved taxpayers almost £4million has been praised by council chiefs.

The My Life, My Home programme has been running in the county since 2009 and helps vulnerable people to support themselves in their own homes.

Richard Ives, 62, is a prime example of someone who has benefited from the life-changing initiative.

Wheelchair-user Richard, who has mild learning and physical disabilities, moved into a spacious one-bedroom flat in one of the scheme’s complexes last year.

Previously, he had been in a care home in Princes Risborough and had never before lived in his own property.

But, under this supported living scheme, Richard now leases his flat from MacIntyre Housing Association, and with the help of on-site care staff from Radian Support, pays his own bills, and does his own cooking and washing.

He said: “It’s great living in my own flat. I’m happy here.”

Patricia Birchley, Bucks County Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We are very proud of all that has been achieved by these projects.

“Our council is committed to improving the lot of vulnerable adults, while at the same time helping them to be as independent as possible.”