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Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020

12 November 2020

On 12 November, Walsall's Homelessness Steering Group hosted the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 event online, launching a video to showcase best practice and share some of the partnership work happening to tackle homelessness across the borough. Following attendee feedback received after the successful 2019 forum, the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 focused on homelessness and domestic abuse, young people and adult social care. We welcome your feedback please fill in this short survey and tell us what you think about the videos or what you would like to see in 2021. 

A link to the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 video is available below, as well as individual links to each of the three specific themes covered in the video. 

Watch the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 (full video: 30 minutes)

Watch the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 – Theme 1: Adult Social Care (12 minutes) 

Watch the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 – Theme 2: Young People (10 minutes)

Watch the Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 – Theme 3: Domestic Abuse (7 minutes)

Walsall Homelessness Forum 2020 (full video - 30 min)

 
 
Contact us: 
Housing Strategy Team 
housing&welfaresupport@walsall.gov.uk

 

Energy Company Obligation Flexibility Scheme (ECO Flex)

This is a good source of help if you are on a low income and your home is hard to heat or if you are vulnerable to cold.  

In line with government requirements the Council has published a set of criteria for the contractors undertaking ECO Flex to check that the property (house or flat) and residents both qualify. Typically anyone with a household income of more than £28,000 will not qualify. The full statement of intent can be viewed here. 

 

New Government help during Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The government in response to the recent outbreak is currently working on a number of areas to help people.

A number of upcoming and agreed help include:

 

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

  • emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place
  • No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis
  • Landlords will also be protected as 3 month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages

 

Payment Holidays offered to Help to Buy homeowners affected by Covid-19
This will be help for homeowners who are struggling to pay interest fees on their Help to Buy equity loans and will be offered payment holidays. 

 

Proposals agreed to ensure vulnerable customers who may fall into debt remain supplied with energy while in self isolation.

Government has agreed with energy suppliers for those who are vulnerable and need to self isolate:

  • ensuring prepayment and pay-as-you go customers remain supplied with energy through challenging times and supporting all customers in financial distress
  • industry agreement signed by all UK domestic suppliers and will come into force immediately 

 

10 Energy Saving Tips During Coronavirus Lockdown

 

Due to the coronavirus measures that have been put in place, most of us have been spending more time at home, and will potentially continue to do so in the coming months. During this time, households may be facing increased energy bills that might be causing financial hardship. This guide provides some good tips and advice on saving energy during the covid-19  lockdown. 

 

Further details and information on the government's response to Covid-19 can be found here.

 

Contact us:

Money Home Job

Walsall  M.B.C.

Zone 1J, Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall,

WS1 1TP

housingandwelfaresupport@walsall.gov.uk

 

Owner Occupiers 

Home repairs, improvement and maintenance

The maintenance, repair and improvement of a home is the owner’s responsibility to arrange and pay for. There are however funds that may be able to assist with specific works. These funds are not from the council.

 

There is no guarantee of any funds / money being available and the decision to help or not rests with them (and the council has no say in this).

 

The council frequently gets asked about the following types of work / help especially as to whether we know of any loans or grants to help with them. Our position as at March 2020 is as follows:

 

Double glazing (first time or repairs)

The Council is not aware of any grants or funds to help with these items.

New external and internal doors

External wall insulation

Roof repairs (non-storm damage)

Works to improve gardens (front or rear)

Drop kerbs

Help with repairs to an empty home

Repairs to homes after flooding / storms or similar acts

Owners should contact their own home insurance company to see if there is any help with these works.

Home adaptations for a disabled person

Please see separate Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) web page

Repairs for broken boilers or heating systems

See 1. below

Improving home insulation (loft and cavity

See 1. below

New gas central heating where the house has no gas supply (and or meter) at all.

See 2. below

 

Improving home energy (including help with boilers) and or insulation

Different organisations provide different types of funding and these regularly change and are all outside the Council’s control. We try to keep this web-page as up to date as possible but cannot guarantee that all funds are still open for applications.

 

Energy Company Obligation Flexibility Scheme (ECO Flex)

This is a good source of help if you have a low income and your home is hard to heat or you are vulnerable to cold.  

In line with government requirements the Council has published a set of criteria for the contractors undertaking ECO Flex to check that the property (house or flat) and residents both qualify. Typically anyone with a household income of more than £28,000 will not qualify.

 

The government requires all ECO-Flex applications to be considered for approval by the local council. In Walsall we do this in line with our published ECO-Flex statement. The money for the works however is not the Councils and as above we have no control over whether help is available or not.

 

The scheme has been very successful so far with over 650 households across the Borough already benefitting from energy efficiency measures paid for directly through funds from the energy companies (i.e. not the council funding).

 

The list below shows the organisations (in alphabetical order) who have completed 10 or more ECO Flex schemes in Walsall since January 2019. The council does not recommend any contractors (these or others) and the decision to choose a contractor is solely the responsibility of the grant applicant / home owner.

 

Organisation Name

Telephone number

link

Baxter Kelly

 01902 601499

 https://baxterkelly.co.uk/contact/

 

 

Berks Insulation

 01753-315225

 https://www.berksinsulation.com/contact.html

 

Broad Oak Properties Ltd

 01782 550371

 https://www.broadoakproperties.co.uk/contact-page

 

Central Green Installations

 0121 500 5110

 c-g-i@hotmail.com

Energy Saving Group

 0800 292 2119

 alfie@energysavinggroup.net

 0330 99 0330 998 or 0641 8 0641

 https://www.gogreenalliance.co.uk/

 

Origin Energy Services Ltd

 01332 293049

 http://www.originenergyservices.co.uk/

 

Shropshire Green Energy Centre

 01952 505506

 http://shropshiregreenenergycentre.co.uk/

 

Skilled Force Ltd

 01204 796 935

 http://skilledforceltd.co.uk/

 

Urban Renewal Power

 0114 247 3085

http://www.urpltd.co.uk/

 

 

 

The money for the works comes from energy suppliers and it is the responsibility of the contractor to secure this money from them.

 

Local Energy and Advice Partnership

LEAP is an energy and money saving service that is helping hundreds of people reduce their energy bills and keep warm during the colder months and colder during the summer.

Eligibility is based on household income, receipt of state benefits, health conditions and family situation. Eligibility can be confirmed over the phone with LEAP.

For more information or to apply please visit the LEAP website.

 

 

  1. Gas Central Heating for those who have no gas to their homes

The Council has previously secured money from the Warm Homes Fund Charity and Eon to help owner occupiers who have no gas supply to their home at all. In most cases this has paid for a gas supply, meter and full gas central heating system.

 

We are continuing to develop new bids for more funding. If you have no gas meter at your home and are interested in being considered email: Energyefficiency@walsall.gov.uk. So that your enquiry can be logged quickly, please use in the subject field of your email: WHF enquiry – no gas – and then list your address.

Please include your contact phone number too.

Please note there is no guarantee of any funding.