New Housing Solutions Service for Kirklees

New Housing Solutions Service for Kirklees

From 1st April 2013, we are offering a new service called Housing Solutions Service – bringing together Private Sector Housing and the Housing Options and Support Service

 What support does Housing Solutions offer?

The service’s main focus is on assisting people to find, keep, maintain and live independently in quality, affordable homes.

Customers can access advice and support which includes:-

  • Access to housing information and guidance
  • Advice on a range of housing options
  • Assessment of housing need including the prevention of and assessment of homelessness
  • Information and advice to private sector landlords and tenants and some home owners
  • Housing related support to enable vulnerable people to maintain their accommodation.

The service adopts a person centred, creative early intervention / prevention approach to solving housing problems, only turning to compliance action as a last resort.

 Where can people access the service?

The service will continue to be provided from the Customer Service Centres, currently Civic Centre 1 in Huddersfield and the Walsh Building in Dewsbury.  The service will move to the new Huddersfield Customer Service Centre when it opens in late Spring. 

For further information please contact:

 Operations Managers:         .

Cath McGurk – Access to Housing

Steve Cale – Quality Homes

Team Managers:

Lynne Mitchell – Young People and Support

John Marsden – Advice and Assessment

Lisa Allan/Carina Kemp – Access to Housing Solutions Services

Peter Halpenny – Temporary Accommodation

Jeremy Maguire – Access to Private Rented and Compliance

All can be contacted by phoning 221000 or internal 860 1000 and asking for them by name.

Lower Energy Bills for Kirklees Council Housing Tenants and Residents

Lower Energy Bills for Kirklees Council Housing Tenants and Residents

gas bill

Kirklees are joining in a recently launched campaign to help people switch to lower cost  energy supplies.

Click the link below for further details.

www.communityenergy.info

Main Points

  • if you pay by Direct Debit you should be able to save an average of 10% – 15% per year off the cost of your energy bills.
  • if you are on a pre-payment meter as long as you have arrears of £500 or less then you can still join the scheme and your savings could be 40%
  • You can join the scheme up until April 17th 2013
  • For people on a lower income or on benefits this is the only way that you can significantly reduce your energy costs.
  • IMPORTANT – to sign up to the scheme you will need a recent energy bill and preferably details of your payments for the last year
  • The scheme is NOT suitable for Warm Zone customers.
  • The offer is for gas supplies, or gas/electric supplies, but not electricity only.
  • Once your offer is made to you, you will have 14 days to decide and then a 7 day cooling off period where you can change your mind. It will then take around four to six weeks for the change of companies to be implemented.
  • For the scheme to work a minimum of 3,000 people need to sign up.

Kirklees Council Housing Estates; A Better Place to Live

Getting the Site Right

Would you like to be a getting the site right inspector and help make your neighbourhood a better place to live?

Involving Tenants

Involving tenants and residents is essential to the process of managing, monitoring and improving the grounds maintenance service in Kirklees.
Kirklees Council Streetscene aim to ‘Get the Site Right’ in their work on your estate but they are not there every day. They need you to let them know when problems occur or any issues you are aware of.

What is a getting the site right inspector?

It is someone who has the power to report poor work and channel views and ideas of other

Kirklees Garden

Kirklees Garden

tenants on how to improve your estate.
You can also attend annual site inspections with a member of the gardening team to discuss work done and put forward ideas for improvement.

What Next

For more information you can attend one of the workshops below

Huddersfield Town Hall, Reception Room on Monday 25th March 2013 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Dewsbury Town Hall Council Chambers, on Tuesday 26th March 2013 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Please contact Nigel on 01484 225064 to register for one of the workshops or to find out more about what is involved.

 

Don’t take away tenants’ choice! (on council house rent payments)

SAY NO! TO COMPULSORY DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENTS

Don’t take away tenants’ choice!

Join the Kirklees Tenants Movement Campaign

SAY NO TO COMPULSORY DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENTS

Deputation – Tenant representatives will be attending the Kirklees Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday, 26th February, being held at Huddersfield Town Hall at 4.00pm to hand in a deputation.

Kirklees Council – Kirklees Council Cabinet members have already said; 

“We recognise that some people may never be able to achieve this form of payment and will be developing a minimal exemption criteria to ensure that we do not adversely affect those that require more support and assistance. We would value the involvement of KFTRA in the development of this criteria”

KFTRA request to Cabinet – KFTRA would ask that Kirklees Council consider making other methods of payment available to all council tenants for payment of their rent and service charges.

Demonstration – Tenant representatives will be demonstrating outside Huddersfield Town Hall from 3.30pm onwards and would like as many people as possible to come along and join us.

More Information – If you would like to show your support for this important issue and need further information then please contact KFTRA on 01484 223466

 

Tenant Committees to lose control of the Tenant Led Budget

Vote on Tenant Led Budget Schemes Given to Kirklees Councillors

In a shock announcement at the Huddersfield North Area Forum on Friday 01/02/13 a KNH Officer announced that it ‘had been decided’ that Kirklees Councillors would in future be able to vote on schemes for the Tenant Led Budget.

Update (06/02/13)

KNH have said that the £1 Million + Tenant Led Budget was at risk of being lost unless Kirklees Councillors were allowed to vote on the schemes put forward.

The four Tenant Committee’s were asked last year whether they would object to this proposal. The two North Kirklees Tenant Committees voted to allow Cllrs to have a vote and the two Huddersfield ones were totally opposed to the only budget controlled by Tenants being removed from their control.

KFTRA have not been consulted or even informed about this decision and will be discussing the implications of this at their next Delegates Meeting on Monday 11th February, 10.30am, Dewsbury Town Hall

Further information will be added when known.

Contact Your Councillor

If you wish to let your local Kirklees Ward Councillor know your views on this issue, follow the link below for their contact details

Find your Cllr