Cash promised for assistance groups
SCHEMES to help vulnerable and disabled people and consumers in Dumfries and Galloway will continue to be funded.
The housing sub-committee agreed to recommend that Dumfries and Galloway Council transfer £1.198m from its capital allocations in its 2017/18 budget settlement to the health and social care integrated joint board (IJB) to support the ongoing delivery of the care and repair service.
The service, managed through Loreburn Housing Association, gives grants for mandatory and discretionary housing adaptations for people with disabilities in the private housing sector.
Members also agreed to recommend the allocation of £149,000 to the IJB to fund The HandyVan. The allocation will come from council tax on second homes. HandyVan is a free regionwide service for vulnerable people who meet the criteria.
The service gives practical help with home security, smoke alarms, small repairs, falls prevention, adaptations and portable appliance testing.
Another £37,400 is allocated to the IJB to fund Food Train Extra and help with costs. Food Train Extra helps older people with small household jobs which do not need skilled tradespeople.
The council’s Trusted Trader Scheme boosts consumer confidence in the home improvement sector. Members agreed to allocate £30,000 to support the scheme for another three years. It was launched in March 2015 with 40 member traders. By December 2016, there were 132 traders registered. With 171 applications received and nine pending, it has exceeded expectations in terms of membership and impact.
Councillor Craig Peacock, sub-committee chairman, said: “I'm delighted with the progress of all strands of our scheme of assistance programme. The results show our investment has been worthwhile.
"The committee also noted that the council has agreed to allocate £1m from council tax on second homes to a town centre living fund. This is an important step forward. Anything which increases the availability of residential accommodation in these locations should be welcomed.
"Although the scheme of assistance falls under the remit of the housing sub-committee, it is not only about buildings and adapting properties. These topics cover a range of issues such as homelessness and anti-poverty and relate to protecting our most vulnerable people.“