Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has encouraged vulnerable tenants to sign up for a free winter check to help beat the freezing temperatures.
Tenants of GHA, Cube Housing Association and West Lothian Housing Partnership, which are part of the Wheatley group, who are over 60 or disabled are eligible for a home check. Over 4,000 tenants have already booked an appointment.
The home check involves a plumber checking the boiler, pipes and taps and also bleeding the radiators of your property. Tenants are shown how to set their heating, turn off the water in the event of an emergency and where to find their stop cock. They also receive handy tips to keep their home warm during the cold spell, help on what to do in the event of a home emergency and how to book a free flu jab.
Ms McTaggart said “This is a great opportunity for people to get some practical help and advice. Winter can be a difficult time for vulnerable tenants so initiatives such as these can give people real peace of mind and I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up for a visit.
With energy bills rocketing, I would also urge tenants to contact Home Energy Scotland, an impartial organisation funded by the Scottish Government to give information and advice on how to heat your home more efficiently and save money on energy bills. In difficult times such as these they can be of real help to individuals struggling to cope.”
The Home Energy Scotland Website can be reached herehttp://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Take-action/Home-Energy-Scotland
GHA Tenants are also reminded to make use of:
- The Handyperson Service which provides help with small jobs round the home for tenants who are over 60 and the disabled and
- A free Home Fire Safety visit. A Fire Safety Officer will carry out a safety check and fit a smoke detector for tenants who don’t have one
- The Fuel Advice Service which can help residents stay warm in their home and still save money on their heating bills
- Welfare Benefit Advisors who can provide free advice and make sure tenants claim all of the benefits they are entitled to.