Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund opens for applications

CORRA Fund

The new Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund is now open for applications.

The fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16 million being available each year. The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also a company limited by guarantee or a SCIO) which deliver work of national significance.

The full criteria for the fund along with guidance about the different aspects of it are available at Corra Foundation’s website

There will be four Families and Communities Fund information sessions:

  • Glasgow on Tuesday 18thJune at 1.30pm
  • Dundee on Monday 24thJune at 1.30pm
  • Edinburgh on Wednesday 26thJune at 1.30pm
  • Webinar on Thursday 27thJune at 2.00pm

Organisations that think they fit the fund criteria can book a place at one of these events using the link on Corra Foundation’s website.

Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) and our funding team may be able to support Angus bids. Contact Hayley Mearns from VAA if you are interested in getting together on this fund.

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Support for Home Owners in Danger of Losing Their Homes

The Home Owners Support Fund is a government initiative to help home owners who are at risk of losing their home.

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Run by the Scottish Government, the Home Owners Support Fund is made up of two schemes:

  • Mortgage to Shared Equity

The fund helps home owners who can no longer afford their mortgages. The Scottish Government buys a stake in your property (up to 30%) so you can reduce your secured loan. You’ll still own and have responsibility for maintaining and insuring your home.

  • Mortgage to Rent

If you are in danger of having your home repossessed, the Scottish Government’s mortgage to rent scheme could allow you to remain in your home as a tenant.The scheme allows a social landlord (housing association or local council) to buy your home. You’ll continue to live there as a tenant.

For further information see the Scottish Government’s website  and the Information Booklet

If this applies to you, you should discuss your situation with both your lender and an independent money adviser before you apply for the scheme.

Tenant Participation: Taking the Next Step

We’ve been working with our tenant representatives and the Tenants Information Service (TIS) on the Next Steps programme. The Tenants Information Service (TIS) provides independent advice, support and training for tenants and housing organisations to work together more effectively. The Next Steps programme supports housing organisations across Scotland to review, improve and develop tenant participation.

We recently sat down with our tenants group to discuss the forthcoming Tenant Participation Strategy and other related initiatives.

The next steps meeting

We will meet again this month to set an action plan based on the feedback from the group.

If you would like to know more about this initiative or how to get involved with Tenant Participation, please contact tenantparticipation@angus.gov.uk

 

 

Social Enterprise Fund for Community-led Initiatives launched

The Social Enterprise Fund is a new scheme to support social enterprises which enable organisations to access the funds they need to expand and thrive. This £17m fund launched this month will stimulate further growth and support in this area.

The money from The Scottish Social Growth Fund will enable social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups to deliver community projects while contributing to the wider economy.

Organisations will be able to access affordable and flexible loans of between £100,000 and £1.7m from the new fund.

For more details about the new scheme see the Social Investment Scotland website.

If You Have a Mobile Gas Heater, This Information Could Save Your Life

Unsafe gas appliances can put your life in danger. Make sure you are aware of the potentially dangerous consequences and the warning signals to look out for.

 

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A well maintained gas appliance will burn cleanly and will not produce carbon monoxide in significant quantities. However, that changes as appliances wear out and if they are not maintained in good condition. Carbon monoxide is a poison and works by displacing the oxygen in the blood stream, effectively suffocating the body’s organs. You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. You can’t even smell it. But carbon monoxide can kill without warning in just a matter of hours.

You are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if:

  • your appliance was poorly installed;
  • your appliance is not working properly;
  • your appliance has not been checked for safety or maintained regularly;
  • there is not enough fresh air in the room;
  • your chimney or flue gets blocked up;
  • you allow an engineer who is not on the Gas Safe Register to install or maintain your appliance(s).

But don’t worry, you can protect yourself and your family by following some simple steps.

NEVER use a gas appliance if you think it is not working properly.

NEVER cover an appliance or block the convection air vents.

NEVER block or obstruct any fixed ventilation grilles or air bricks.

NEVER block or cover outside flues.

ALWAYS test your Carbon Monoxide alarm periodically.

ALWAYS have your appliances checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

This advice is especially important for mobile gas heaters, like bottled gas cabinet heaters and any flueless appliance.

We do not recommend mobile gas heaters as they pose an unacceptable risk to tenants and property, and it is illegal to store spare cylinders indoors.

Also, for safety information on gas, solid fuel and oil burning appliances, and information on the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, look at the Department of Health booklet Keep Warm Keep Well (updated annually).

Gas safety advice

If you smell gas or are worried about gas safety call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.

Carbon Monoxide detectors

If your carbon monoxide detector is sounding, call SGN on 0800 111 999.

 

New Build Affordable Housing Target Met

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We can confirm that we have met our 2018/19 target for new build affordable homes, with 33 Council and 95 Housing Association properties delivered through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme!

The Scottish Government allocates money each year to part fund affordable housing projects to help achieve their target of 50,000 new supply affordable homes over the lifetime of the parliament.  If councils don’t spend their allocated funds, it goes back into a ring-fenced housing fund.

For the second year running our Angus programme was able to claim more than its allocated funding, due to slippage elsewhere.

This year over £8m of grant money was claimed which is a substantial increase from previous years.

To find out what affordable housing is happening in your area, check out our Housing Development pages.

New Tenants’ Group for Academy Court

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Our tenant representatives recently visited Academy Court in Forfar to find out how the residents like their new homes and if they had any ideas, issues or concerns.

It was a busy, informative and successful event with Academy Court tenants deciding they would like to form their own tenants group to have a voice and also get involved in their community. Some of the tenants also signed up to the Tenants E-Panel.

One of the tenants signed up as a volunteer to look after the community garden at Montrose Road centre and support participants. The group was buzzing with ideas and enjoyed the opportunity to share these and build relationships with their neighbours.

If other tenants would like to form a tenant group in their own area, please contact us at tenantparticipation@angus.gov.uk or call us on ACCESS Line 03452 777778

New Affordable Housing at Newtyle

 

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                                                                 An impression of the new homes to be built in Newtyle.

Work has officially begun on our new housing in Newtyle .The company Bancon Construction has been appointed to build 12 new  homes for affordable rent.

Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said

This is great news for Newtyle and indeed for Angus. As a council, we pride ourselves in investing in new homes across the whole of our county – in our towns and more rural areas, such as Newtyle. It is vital that we provide families with the opportunity to access high quality affordable accommodation in villages, so they can stay within our smaller communities, ensuring that they are sustained and thrive. Newtyle is well served by a range of local services and is ideally located for people who need or want to work in nearby towns and cities across Tayside. Demand for affordable homes has risen in Newtyle over recent years as pressure on existing housing has increased. We want Angus to be a great place to live, work and visit. Those aspirations are achieved through projects such as this – Creating places that people are proud to call home.

Communities vice-convener, Cllr Tommy Stewart and Provost of Angus, Ronnie Proctor were joined by local elected members as well as members of the community, officers from the Council’s Housing Service and representatives of the contractor Bancon Construction.

Here are some photos from the ground-breaking ceremony.

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Affordable Housing for Sale – Shared Equity Scheme at Strathmore Fields Forfar

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If you want to own your own home, but are on a low income, here’s an opportunity that might interest you.

Angus Housing Association, in conjunction with Guild Homes, offer 8 three-bedroom houses and 6 two-bedroom houses to buy under the Scottish Government’s New Supply Shared Equity Scheme.

If you are interested in the scheme and want to check if you can apply, please contact Thorntons Solicitors on 01382 229111, or visit their website.

For the full details of the properties check the Angus Housing Association and Thorntons websites and our Housing Development Website.

Timmergreens regeneration updates

The Emislaw site planning application (18/00799/FULL) was recently approved by the Development Standards Committee .The project will deliver 38 modern properties, improving the environment and enhancing people’s quality of life.

The Emislaw site is the first of 4 sites as part of the Timmergreens regeneration project. The new development will provide a range of 1 and 2 bedroom own-door flats and 2 and 3 bedroom houses.

Demolition of the garages on the site has started and the demolition of the 32 existing dwellings should be completed within the next couple of months.

The project will also bring improvements to the play park area and to the pedestrian / cycle link.

The construction work on the site is scheduled to start early 2020 and to complete early 2021.

Muirton site

planning application was also submitted for the Muirton site (19/00255/FULL) and the construction work is also scheduled to start early 2020.

Fraser Path and Newton sites

Planning applications have still to be submitted for the final two housing phases of the regeneration programme.  These include properties in Fraser Path, with demolition of the identified dwellings planned to take place in summer 2020, and the construction work during 2021.

Demolition of the identified properties in Newton Crescent and Newton Avenue is planned to take place in the first half of 2021, with construction work to start later in 2021 and to complete during 2022.

Information about the developments are available on the Housing Developments webpage.