North East Lincolnshire Council is looking for a company to provide local residents with solutions including stairlifts, passenger lifts and hoists.
The council does not currently have any provision for these facilities or the maintenance of such equipment. It has started a procurement process and is introducing a new system in the Grimsby area to supply disabled residents with access and mobility solutions.
It is hoped that having a contract in place to cover the installation and maintenance of stairlifts will help people to better understand the costs of these facilities, and improve the speed of their delivery, a local newspaper reported.
The Grimsby Telegraph reported that at present, the council only has a contract to cover the maintenance of stairlifts but this is due to expire at the end of July.
Councillor Peter Wheatley was concerned that the council only has around two months to get a contract put in place. He believes it could leave the council with no service to provide maintenance to residents’ equipment.