Bureau hails safe agents scheme as step for­ward

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

AS one of the found­ing mem­bers of Safeagent, fran­chise Belvoir Let­tings sup­ported the Safeagent aware­ness week.

The ini­tia­tive, held last week, has re­ceived enor­mous sup­port from con­sumer cham­pi­ons.

The Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau has in­cluded Safeagent in­for­ma­tion in its new Pay­ing the Rent toolkit, an in­ter­nal re­source for its ad­vis­ers.

It means that CAB ad­vis­ers are en­cour­ag­ing con­sumers to only use a let­ting agent that is a mem­ber of Safeagent.

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice hous­ing pol­icy of­fi­cer Ge­off Fimis­ter said: “Cit­i­zens Ad­vice has long called for reg­u­la­tion of let­ting agents, but this is not on the hori­zon at present. As an im­por­tant step in the right di­rec­tion, though, we sup­port the Safeagent scheme.”

The Bri­tish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion also warned con­sumers that most land­lords who use a let­ting agent are prob­a­bly un­aware whether any money they han­dle is pro­tected by a Client Money Pro­tec­tion scheme.

Ian Fletcher, di­rec­tor of pol­icy at the fed­er­a­tion, said: “A sim­ple mes­sage is of­ten the most ef­fec­tive, and in this case it couldn’t be sim­pler: if you don’t use a Safeagent your money could be at risk.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Safeagent, visit http://www.safeagents.co.uk/ or call Belvoir Let­tings in Peter­bor­ough on 01733 321500.

CITY firm Signs Ex­press (Peter­bor­ough) has been awarded the of­fi­cial con­tract by Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute of Blind (RNIB) to man­u­fac­ture its spe­cial­ist com­mer­cial prod­uct RNIB Maps for All.

RNIB Maps for All are ex­clu­sive to RNIB and are be­spoke maps de­signed to be read by sight and touch.

Each map is care­fully de­signed to blend tac­tile and vis­ual el­e­ments to al­low ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing blind and par­tially-sighted peo­ple, ac­cess to im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion they need when us­ing and vis­it­ing public places such as mu­se­ums, art gal­leries, gar­dens, and rail­way sta­tions.

The first com­mis­sion for Signs Ex­press has been for five RNIB Maps for All for South­ern Rail­ways.

Sue King from RNIB said: “We were look­ing for a sup­plier that would be able to de­liver the high qual­ity and pre­ci­sion man­u­fac­tur­ing re­quired for our maps.

Signs Ex­press has demon­strated that they are able to do this and the fact that they are lo­cal to our of­fices in Peter­bor­ough is an added bonus”.

Signs Ex­press is able to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity and ac­cu­racy of the braille and tac­tile com­po­nents with all man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pleted within the Signs Ex­press group.

Anne Hitch, owner of Signs Ex­press (Peter­bor­ough), said: “We work very hard to en­sure our so­lu­tions meet the needs of our cus­tomers and I am very pleased that RNIB con­tracted us as a sup­plier for this very worth­while on­go­ing project.

“Work­ing with their com­mer­cial clients, RNIB are ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the needs of blind and par­tially-sighted peo­ple, and RNIB Maps for All are a very im­por­tant part of this work.” WORTH­WHILE: Anne Hitch, owner of Signs Ex­press (Peter­bor­ough), com­ments on the RNIB Maps for All project.

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