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Sleep Walk for Shelter

Raising awareness of homelessness in Edinburgh

ETF representatives were delighted to support Shelter Scotland's 'Sleep Walk for Shelter' campaign in December.  On a cold and wet night, ETF and other organisations from across Edinburgh walked from Shelter Scotland's Edinburgh Hub in South Charlotte Street to the Scottish Parliament.  The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of homelessness in Edinburgh and show support for people without a home.  Well done to everyone involved.    

Rents

Tenants' Key Messages

Are you interested in rents?  ETF will shortly be making plans to present a deputation to Councillors concerning tenants' rents for the coming year.  If you have any key messages that you wish ETF to present to elected members or would like to help in planning the deputation, please contact ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509. 

In October 2019, ETF submitted a response to the City of Edinburgh Council's (CEC Budget Consultation).  A copy of ETF's response can be downloaded by clicking here, to request a copy click here or phone 0131 475 2509.

Federation Meeting

CEC Community Safety Strategy

Community Safety and ensuring that residents feel safe is a major issue in Edinburgh.  This will be the topic at our next Federation Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 5th February 2020, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road.  The guest speaker will be Rachael Craik, Community Justice Development Officer, CEC who will be speaking about CEC's forthcoming Community Safety Strategy.  Members will also have the chance to discuss what ETF has done over the past few months as we discuss our quarterly Progress Report. 

Please use public transport where possible.  Assistance with transport and childcare may be available on request.  To attend, please book your place online by clicking here, email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.   

ETF Repairs Group Meeting

CEC Housing Service Improvement Plan

Our next ETF Repairs Group Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th February 2020, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road.  The guest speakers will be Carol Reid, Operations Manager, CEC and Robyn Barrie, Programme Manager, Housing Service Improvement Plan.  They will be giving an update on the work of CEC's Housing Service Improvement Plan with a specific reference to repairs.  There will also be an opportunity to give an update on what is happening in your local area.  

Please use public transport where possible.  Assistance with transport and childcare may be available on request.  To attend, please book your place online by clicking here, email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.   
Don't forget that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
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City of Edinburgh Council Draft Tenant Participation Strategy
Would you like to contribute to the CEC's draft Tenant Participation Strategy?  The final stage in CEC's consultation process is currently taking place and tenants can have their say in a number of ways: Through the draft Tenant Participation Strategy, CEC wants to ensure that tenants really:
  • Know the different ways they can become involved;
  • Can take part and influence decisions if they want to;
  • Have the support and resources they need to take part.
The closing date for responses is Friday 10th January 2020.
Poverty in Edinburgh: The Key Issues
Poverty is currently a significant issue here in Edinburgh.  The Poverty Alliance recently carried out research on experiences of poverty in Edinburgh on behalf of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission.  The report can be viewed by clicking here.  The Poverty Alliance has also launched an online survey with the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University to find out what people who live and work in Edinburgh think about solving poverty in the city.  The survey can be viewed by clicking here and the deadline for responses is Friday 10th January 2020. 

If you would like more information, please contact Laura Robertson, Research Officer, Poverty Alliance by clicking here or phone 0141 353 0440. 
Tenants Voice: Call for articles
Is your tenants' group proud of an initiative that is taking place in your area or would you simply like to share an example of good practice?  If so we would love to hear from you.  The deadline for material for the next issue is Monday 24th February 2020, so if there's anything you'd like to mention, please speak up!  Articles should be emailed here.  Alternatively give the Federation Office a call on 0131 475 2509 if you'd like help to pull an article together.

A copy of the most recent edition of Tenants Voice can be downloaded by clicking here. 
Reporting Repairs Online
Would you like to be able to report your repair online?  Research carried out by CEC has indicated that more and more tenants are taking up the option of reporting their repairs online. If you are interested in this method, it can be done by following these three steps:
  1. Click on this link and click on the button 'Request a Council home repair'
  2. When you click on the green button, the first thing you need to input is your housing property number (UPRN).  If you don't already know what it is, you can find it by clicking here
  3. You type in your address (or just postcode and select your address) and then click on your address to find your UPRN, which you will then have for future repairs reporting. 
Reporting repairs online is designed to be quicker and to cut out telephone waiting time.  It's not replacing other ways of reporting a repair, but it's an option that some tenants may find useful.  Feedback on reporting repairs online should be emailed here. 
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