Shropshire’s Buy2Live scheme enables people who would otherwise be in residential care to buy their own homes. The project had previously received £2.4 million in grant funding, and will improve lives by enabling vulnerable people to live independently.

The scheme helps individuals with disabilities to own their own home, and supports people to get a mortgage who previously have been unable to. It also involves using assistive technology and structural adaptations to enable people to live independently for as long as they want, in a home that they own.

Judges said of the Buy2Live project that they regarded it as “an incredibly innovative shared ownership scheme, linked to adaptations and assistive technology” and “liked the initiative and the impact it is having”.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve won the award for Innovation in Finance. We know how hard it can be nowadays to get onto the property ladder, and for those with disabilities, the challenge is even greater. Buy2Live is about giving everybody the choice, control and opportunity over where and how they live. The success of this scheme to date has exceeded our expectations and has changed so many lives for the better.”

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, added:

“This is brilliant news and a fantastic way of drawing attention to the excellent work going on in the council. Winning this prestigious award not only allows us to be recognised for the work we have achieved over the past 12 months, but allows us to share our expertise with our peers. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the project and in putting together the successful entry.”

Andy Begley, director of adult services and housing, added:

“We are truly grateful to MJ Achievement Awards to have received this accolade. This wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our staff and our partners who have played an instrumental part in the success of our Buy2Live scheme. Together we’ve made it possible for people to buy their own home which has led to far better outcomes, especially when the alternative is a lifetime in a care home. It has made it easier than ever before for people to get a home that supports their independence.”

David Hall, Head of Property, at The Wrekin Housing Trust, said:

“This award is a wonderful recognition for a truly innovative scheme, which helps people with long term disabilities purchase their own home and live more independently. The success of this scheme to date has led to the Trust purchasing further properties, which will be adapted to allow even more people with disabilities to buy a home and have the independence they crave.”

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