New Service – Equity Release Pilot Programme

Argyll and Bute Care and Repair will be piloting the Scottish Governments new HEEPS: Equity Loan programme.  This commences on 4th January 2017.

Homeowners and private sector landlords in the Argyll and Bute council area can now take advantage of this Scottish Government equity loan, which is supported by the Energy Saving Trust, to help fund energy efficiency improvements and/or associated repairs to their property.

An equity loan allows you to borrow against the value of your home (if there is enough equity available in the property). These loans do not require monthly repayments and repayment of the loan will only take place when the property is sold A cap is in place (currently 2.5% per annum) to ensure applicants who see a sharp rise in their property value will not be unfairly penalised. The maximum loan value is £40,000 but cannot be more than 50% of the property’s estimated market value.  The homeowner must also retain a minimum of 30% equity in the property. 

The scheme is only available to homeowners or private sector landlords with properties in council tax band A – C.  However, if an owner or tenant are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits they may also be eligible, regardless of what council tax band the property is in.  These include: 

  • Guarantee element of the Pension Credit;
  • Attendance Allowance;
  • Universal Credit or any of the benefits due to be replaced by Universal Credit (Income Based JSA, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit);
  • Council Tax Reduction (excluding 25% discount for single occupancy);
  • Carer’s Allowance;
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Armed Forces Independence Payment;
  • War Disablement Pension;
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

To Find out more, or to request an information pack and application form please contact:

Our Oban office on 01631 567780 and we will ask our Project Officer to call you back.

Or, call Home Energy Scotland direct on 0808 808 2282.


 

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CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK DURING THE PANDEMIC (Update Sept 2020)

Due to the current coronavirus situation we have had to change some of the ways we work.

At present, our Housing Support Officers will continue to support Occupational Therapy, Telecare and Social Work to install critical and urgent minor aids and adaptations, technology enabled care equipment and safety and security items in vulnerable clients homes.  Our Handyperson small repairs service has also been reintroduced following the relaxing of lockdown measures in July.

Our Care And Repair Officers, dealing with grant approvals work for major adaptations, continue to assist and support clients by phone and online and are also able to carry out client home visits following the relaxation of lockdown measures.

Any visits carried out by our officers will follow our strict protocols and health and safety procedures and you will be fully informed of these prior to any visit taking place.  Our procedures require us to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing while in your home and following sanitising procedures for handwashing and disposing of PPE used during the visit.

 Our office staff are working remotely, but the Care And Repair Manager and Office Administrator can be contacted on 01631 567780 or on enquiries@abcarerepair.co.uk at any time 09.00 till 17.00, Mon to Fri. If you have a specific need, or particular requirement to visit our office then you should contact either one to make an appointment.

Care and Repair staff are trying to support our health and social care partners and community efforts in any way we can throughout the Covid pandemic. Please feel free to contact us to discuss anything you believe may be able to assist you with.

In the meantime, stay safe and well,

 Steven Clarkson,
Manager 

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