Bureau hails safe agents scheme as step forward
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.