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ETF's Deputation

No Rent Increase - Tenants' Can't Afford it

ETF would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who attended our deputation at the City Chambers on Thursday 20th February 2020.  ETF campaigned and lobbied for a rent freeze and ETF's Convenor Betty Stevenson gave a deputation to Councillors.  Despite ETF's best efforts, Councillors agreed to increase tenants' rents by 2% and Council tax by 4.79% from April 2020.  ETF would like to thank everyone who was involved in planning the deputation and for coming up with the campaign slogan No Rent Increase - Tenants' Can't Afford It.  

High Flats Meeting

Blue lights in bin chute rooms

The installation of blue lights in bin chute rooms and how it is helping to tackle drug misuse in Edinburgh is the topic for our next High Flats Meeting.  Tam Meaney, Operations Manager, City of Edinburgh Council will be in attendance to speak about the initiative on Monday 2nd March 2020, 7.00pm-9.00pm, Birnies Court Community Room.  Representatives from City Fibre will be in attendance to speak about some of the work they are currently involved in, particularly ways to increase access to digital technology in tenants' homes.  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.

Federation Meeting

Social Security in Scotland

Would you like to hear more about the new social security measures that have come to Scotland and how tenants access help if needed.  This will be the topic at our next Federation Meeting taking place on Wednesday 6th May 2020, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street.  The guest speaker will be Miriam Craven, Deputy Director for Strategy and Client Experience, Social Security Scotland.  Members will also have the opportunity to discuss the work ETF has carried out over the past few months as we talk about 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.   
In our next E-Newsletter, we will have details about forthcoming ETF Meetings, so make sure you don't miss out.  Remember that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.  Thanks for your continued support of ETF. 
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ETF Response to Housing to 2040 Consultation
ETF recently submitted a response to the Scottish Government's Housing to 2040 Consultation.  The purpose of the consultation was to look at what housing and communities should look like in 2040 in Scotland.  A copy of ETF's response can be downloaded by clicking here.  Alternatively please contact ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.
EVOC Funding Fair
EVOC is hosting a Funding Fair on Wednesday 11th March 2020, 2.00pm-6.00pm, EVOC Offices, 525 Ferry Road, where you can meet funding providers from across Scotland.  The Funding Fair is free to attend and is open to organisations of all sizes.  This is an ideal opportunity to network and meet other trustees and voluntary sector colleagues from across Edinburgh.  Funders who have confirmed their attendance include:
  • Bank of Scotland Foundation; 
  • BBC Children in Need;
  • National Lottery Community Fund;
  • Funding Scotland.  
You can book a place at the Funding Fair online by clicking here, email by clicking here or phone 0131 555 9100.  
ETF Blog
What are the benefits of kindness?  This is the topic of this month's blog, written by Nicky Kirwan who is a tenant of Lister Housing Co-operative.  Nicky has also written a blog about overcoming loneliness and you can view her blogs' by clicking here. 

If you're a tenant, employed in the housing sector, enthusiastic about where you live or interested in community development, then why not become a guest blogger?  If you're interested in contributing a blog or would like more information, please click here or phone 0131 475 2509.  Some useful hints and tips for writing blogs can be viewed by clicking here.   
Reporting Repairs 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 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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