Free home im­prove­ments for over-60s

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

HOME­OWN­ERS aged 60 or over and dis­abled peo­ple can get help with re­pairs, im­prove­ments or adap­ta­tions to their home.

The new House­proud scheme, sup­ported by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, of­fers a safe, easy way to get es­sen­tial jobs com­pleted pro­fes­sion­ally and with the min­i­mum of fuss.

House­proud can also help pay for the work through a variety of loans tai­lored to the needs of older peo­ple and those with dis­abled peo­ple in the house­hold.

The scheme is run by a group of not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and backed by cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

It is sup­ported lo­cally by Ash­ford coun­cil and the Ash­ford Home Im­prove­ment Agency, with as­sis­tance from the county coun­cil Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy Bureau.

David Her­rick, of the coun­cil’s hous­ing ser­vices de­part­ment, said: “House­proud pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for es­sen­tial work to be car­ried out smoothly and in a straight­for­ward man­ner by ex­pe­ri­enced and com­pe­tent builders, util­is­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate source of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance avail­able.

“It also en­ables qual­i­fy­ing own­ers and oc­cu­piers to re­tain their in­de­pen­dence.”

For a free in­for­ma­tion pack on House­proud, res­i­dents can call the freep­hone num­ber 0800 7837569.

Full in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able from the coun­cil’s hous­ing ser­vices de­part­ment on 01233 330220, or Ash­ford Home Im­prove­ment Agency on 01233 613783.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.