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Through the Helping Hand scheme, we can help homeowners to live in warm, safe and secure homes.
Advice and practical support is available to all homeowners, as well as the possibility of financial help.
It does not matter about your age, income or where you live, we may be able to help you to:
If you are struggling to afford to keep your home safe and comfortable to live in, an affordable loan may be available too.
Financial Assistance is only available to remedy any Category 1 Hazards that are present in an owner-occupiers home (i.e. conditions that could seriously affect the health and well-being of the occupier).
The loan could be used to:
The terms of loans available vary from those that can be paid back in affordable instalments over many years, or a loan that is paid back when you choose to sell your home or it is inherited by a member of your family.
It may even be interest-free depending on your circumstances.
If you are a home owner aged 18 years or over, have owned and lived in your home for the past 12 months and are struggling to finance the repair of your home, please contact us to make an enquiry.
If you, or a family member, have a disability we may be able to help with adaptations of your home so that you can continue to live there, despite the disability.
Before your home can be adapted, an assessment of your needs will have to be undertaken by a member of the Council's Occupational Therapy team.
If you are assessed as needing adaptations to your home the team will work with other services across the Council to arrange for the necessary adaptations to be undertaken.