Council prices up stairlifts for all of its sheltered housing blocks

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Aberdeen City Council is looking into how much it would cost to install stairlifts in all sheltered housing complexes across the city.

Calls for a motion to be put forward to investigate the potential costs came from councillor Steven Delaney after incidents of lift breakdowns have left immobile residents trapped on the upper floors of housing blocks.

Councillors have now pledged to provide a detail report on the costs of installing stairlifts in all council-owned sheltered housing blocks with an upper floor to the council budget meeting in two weeks.

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Mr Delaney referred to one incident in particular last year where a broken lift at a sheltered housing complex left one woman needing to be assisted by firefighters, according to a local newspaper.

He told the Evening Express that the motion would provide different political parties within the council with the chance to include the proposals in their budgets.

Mr Delaney said: “We need to see what comes forward on budget day. What I didn’t want was to miss out on the budget and for a report to come back after it had happened.”

Lift breakdowns are a common occurrence in sheltered housing blocks across the UK and elderly or infirm residents unable to use stairs are often left stuck in their homes.

There have been several high profile cases in recent months where elderly people have been trapped inside for weeks because of delays in sourcing parts to repair lifts.  

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