Home Improvement agency will improve people’s lives

Published on Fri Oct 7 2022
Mayor of Burnley Councillor Cosima Towneley cutting a ribbon on a white van with handyman David Greenwood

Burnley Council has officially launched its Home Improvement Agency, including a handyperson service to help provide expert help with small jobs for local residents.

The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Cosima Towneley, launched the scheme outside the home of a local resident who has already benefited from the service.

Resident Patricia Robinson said: “I was very happy with the service and the work that was done. It was all carried out very professionally and I’d definitely use this service again for other jobs around the house.”

The aim of the Home Improvement Agency is to help older, disabled and vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes in greater levels of comfort and security.

The handyperson service is part of the agency and helps support people by undertaking small jobs around the house, that perhaps residents would find difficult to get other trades people to do.

These could include safety work to help prevent falls and accidents, improvements to home security, installing small energy efficient measures and making the home safer by installing fire or carbon monoxide alarms.

Councillor John Harbour, the council’s executive member for housing and development control, said: “The aim is to make life better for our residents by offering a simple and effective handyperson service to carry out small but important jobs around the house.”

The jobs must be “small” ie take no longer than 2-3 hours, and a small charge of £10 per hour applies. It is available to anyone living in the borough of Burnley, whether they own or rent their home, and are aged 60 or over, or classed as disabled or vulnerable.

The handyperson service uses an electrical vehicle, part of the council’s wider measures to reduce its carbon footprint.

The Home Improvement Agency delivers a raft of initiatives and grants such as Disabled Facilities Grants, Emergency Works Grants and Dwelling Dementia Grants as well as other programs aimed at helping people feel safer in their homes and improve their quality of life.

The initiatives will be funded through a £2.7 million Better Care Fund grant which was allocated to the council last year.

Coun. Harbour said: “This package of measures will help improve the quality of life for residents across our borough.

“The policy overhaul demonstrates our intentions to meet a wide variety of needs and ensure that that maximum number of residents can be helped to remain living in their own homes that are safe, comfortable and in good repair.”

People can get more information on eligibility and apply for help by contacting the council’s Home Improvement Agency on 01282 477234; online by clicking here, or email housinggrants@burnley.gov.uk

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