DIY Repairs to Save Housing Budget £4 Billion a Year
When it comes to social housing a great deal of money is spent each and every year making repairs to homes which tenants can easily manage for themselves if given the incentive to do so. Government has instituted a programme spearheaded by housing Minister Grant Shapps which will incentivise council tenants to begin making a great number of DIY small repairs.
Currently tenants are required to call on maintenance to do such things as fix leaky faucets or patch small holes which they could be doing for themselves but in many cases don't have the funds to do so. Ordering parts may be a problem but making small repairs is possible for almost every tenant who is not elderly or disabled.
In the Tenant Cashback scheme, taxpayers will be saved approximately £4 billion each year, which is approximately half what is being currently spent on home repairs in social housing. The programme offers tenants up to £500 annually for making small repairs themselves. Community groups will also be enabled to assist their neighbors who are unable to manage DIY projects for themselves.
At the moment there are three social landlords who have entered the scheme and are testing in a pilot programme. These landlords are Together Housing, Home Group and Bromford Group. Of the three, tenants from the Bromford Group are actually making videos and giving hints to their neighbors on how to get started with DIY repairs.
When it comes to fixing a leaky tap or repairing a continually running toilet is easy to find inexpensive products online. Merchants such as The Plumb Store recognise the need for government to cut back on spending and are wonderful sites to visit when looking for information on how to undergo minor DIY repairs and projects without the need to call in maintenance crews. Click here to find out more.
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