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Council Housing Event

27 Sep

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Private Sector Housing Strategy Feedback and Consultation

24 Sep

Phase 1 Consultation

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the Private Sector Housing Strategy Survey which took place in June and July 2019. A total of 217 households responded, 125 home owners and 92 private renters. Below is some feedback from the consultation and our response.

You told us:

  • You want more housing advice and information on our website and for us to promote it through social media.
  • You would find it helpful if we provided the following advice and support:
  • Help to make your home more energy efficient, sustainable and low carbon through better insulation, renewal energies and upgrading heating systems
  • A handy person scheme to carry out small repairs and home and garden maintenance
  • Home security advice
  • Help to find more affordable accommodation especially in the private rented sector
  • More landlord regulation and greater tenancy security for private rented tenants

Following feedback from this consultation the challenges identified in the Strategy are:

  • Challenge 1 – Limited awareness of the support available to home owners and private renters
  • Challenge 2 – Poor condition of private sector housing
  • Challenge 3 – Climate change
  • Challenge 4 – Managing the private rented sector
  • Challenge 5 – People living in unsuitable homes which is affecting their health
  • Challenge 6 – Increasing numbers of long term empty homes
  • Challenge 7 – Rising house prices and private rents
  • Challenge 8 – Sustainable neighbourhoods

Priorities

To address these challenges and support private residents in their homes we have identified four priorities for the Strategy. These have been revised following feedback in the first phase of consultation.

 

  Proposed priorities in the consultation Proposed revised priorities
1 Provide the right housing advice and support to home owners and  private rented tenants Provide the right housing advice and support to home owners, private rented tenants and landlords
2 Improve the condition of private sector housing Improve the condition, safety and energy efficiency of private sector housing
3 Support vulnerable people to live healthy and independent lives in their home Support people to live healthy independent lives in their home
4 Make the best use of existing homes in the city Improve access to affordable housing in the private sector to sustain neighbourhoods

The full draft Strategy is available to download below

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Please take the time to read this document and give your views. This feedback will be considered when developing the final Private Sector Housing Strategy and will help to make sure that our proposed plans meet the needs of home owners and private rented tenants living in Sheffield.

Give Us Your Views

Draft Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy

24 Sep

The draft Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy will set out the types of assistance available to private occupants, home owners and private rented tenants, to improve their living conditions and enable independent living.

The main focus of the assistance will be for low income households that do not have the means to make home improvements themselves and disabled people that need assistance to live independently in their home through the provision of adaptations, equipment or assistive technology.

In this consultation we want to know your views on our definition of a ‘low income’ household and the proposed assistance to include in the policy. The attached summary table is a brief description of each product and full details can be found in the Assistance Policy.

Proposed low income household definition

A low household is defined as having a gross income of no more than:

•             £19,200 for single person

•             £21,600 for a couple with no children.

•             £25,200 for a single person or couple with dependent children.

•             Have savings of no more than £6,000

And/or may be in receipt of at least one of the principal means-tested and/or disability related benefits. The income related benefits include those stipulated by the Department of Working Pensions as at April 2019, which are:

•             Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

•             Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

•             Income Support

•             Pension Credit

•             Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)

•             Housing Benefit

•             Council Tax Support

•             Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold  Weather                               Payment)

•             Universal Credit

Give Us Your Views

Community Fund

8 Aug

Does your organisation work with council tenants, or in and around council housing estates in Sheffield? Do you have an idea for an exciting, innovative project which would benefit council tenants but don’t have the money you need to get it off the ground?

If so, your organisation could be eligible for a grant from our Community Fund. The fund aims to support stronger, successful communities by making grants available to local voluntary, community and self-help groups wanting to make a difference in their local neighbourhood. A total of £70,000 was spent in 18/19, shared across Sheffield’s 28 electoral wards and we have funded some great projects! This year we have £178,000 to support community led projects across the city.

This is funded by public money and so there are, of course, a few rules about who can apply, what sort of projects it can be used for and how applications are assessed. But we have kept these to a minimum and made the process as simple as possible – with an easy-to-complete application form and clear guidance documents to help you put your application together.

Apply for the Community Fund

The next funding round closes on 31 August 2019.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to £2500, depending on which ward they are based and how much has already been awarded. Organisations will need to demonstrate in their application how their project would benefit council tenants in their community.

You can apply by downloading the forms and sending them to communityfund@sheffield.gov.uk or posting them to:

Lynne Clark
Community Fund Team
c/o Future of Council Housing
Freepost – RTJK – XUAB – GXZC
Corporate Mail Facility
Sheffield City Council
1 Moorfoot
Sheffield  S1 4PL

 

Please click on the link below to access the form: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/council-housing/community-fund

 

Private Sector Housing Strategy Survey

17 Jun

The Private Sector Housing Strategy survey is now live please see the link –

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/private-sector-housing-strategy-survey

Sheffield City Council Community Fund

21 May

Does your organisation work with council tenants, or in and around council housing estates in Sheffield? Do you have an idea for an exciting, innovative project which would benefit council tenants but don’t have the money you need to get it off the ground?

If so, your organisation could be eligible for a grant from Sheffield City Council’s Community Fund. The fund aims to support stronger, successful communities by making grants available to local voluntary, community and self-help groups wanting to make a difference in their local neighbourhood.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to £2,500, depending on which ward they are based and how much has already been awarded.  Deadlines are 31st May, 31st August and 31st December 2019.

Guidance and application form: http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/council-housing/community-fund?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Digital Inclusion – Free Courses for Council Housing Tenants

10 Aug

Free computer sessions

We know that many of our tenants don’t have the confidence or the know-how to access the internet. That’s why we have an arrangement with Heeley Trust to deliver free computer classes to help our tenants get online.

Being able to do things online like shopping, banking and socialising, can save you money and make things easier and more convenient. Importantly, from November you will only be able to apply for Universal Credit online.

How these classes can help you

If you’re a Council tenant and would like to do more on the internet but you’re not sure how to, or if you’re worried about having to apply online for Universal Credit, then why not sign-up to a class near you?

The classes are held at venues all across the city and are run by friendly, helpful advisors from the Heeley Trust who will help you gain the skills you need at a pace that suits you.

As well as help to apply for Universal Credit, the classes also cover lots of other topics like how to stay safe on the internet, staying in touch with friends and family, accessing health and other services and online banking.

Go to a computer session near you

You can book a computer session over the phone on 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com. Just pick the session you like and let us know you’re coming.

The sessions you can attend at your local library are:

  • Firth Park: Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Manor: Monday 2pm – 4pm
  • Totley: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Central Library: Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Burngreave: Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Woodseats: Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Walkley: Wednesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Crystal Peaks: Thursday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenhill: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • Chapeltown: Friday 10am – 12pm
  • More classes available across the city
  • You can also go to free classes at:
  • Balfour House (Stocksbridge): Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • Emerson Community Room (Parson Cross): Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Greenland Community Centre: Wednesday 10am – 12pm
  • Hanover TARA: Monday & Thursday 2pm – 4pm
  • Langsett Community Room: Wednesday, 10am – 12pm
  • Stannington TARA: Thursday 10am – 12pm

Just call 0114 399 1070 or email learningchampion@heeleydevtrust.com to book your spot.