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ETF's Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Celebrating another successful year for the Federation

It doesn't seem that long ago since our last AGM was held.  However it's now approaching that time of year with preparations well underway for our forthcoming AGM.  Our meeting will take place on Friday 29th October 2021, using Zoom, with a 6.45pm registration for a 7.00pm start.  You will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about the work ETF has carried out over the last year and listen to our inspirational guest speaker, Josh Quigley, who broke the Guinness World Record for cycling a distance of 2179.66 miles in seven days.  There will also a fun event after the AGM.

To book a place, please email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509 by Friday 22nd October 2021 and you will be sent an email invitation with the link to join.  You can also take part in the meeting by phone, just get in touch to book a place and you will be given a number to phone in order to join at no cost to yourself.  To find out more about how to use Zoom, please get in touch with ETF's Development worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468.     
Applications to become a member of ETF and nominations to become an EC member must be received in the ETF office by Friday 15th October 2021.  If anyone in your group is interested in becoming an EC member and would like to chat about what is involved in the role, please email us by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509. 

Federation Meeting

'All about the money: Tenants rents, services and investments'

The City of Edinburgh Council's (CEC's) Rent Consultation was the topic of conversation at a lively Federation Meeting held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. 

Lisa Mallon, Enabling & Partnership Operations Manager, gave an overview of the consultation and what CEC is proposing.  There was a question and answer session where attendees received more details.  Attendees were then involved in breakout sessions which discussed aspects such as:
  • Do you feel the rent you pay is good value for money?
  • Do you support CEC’s overall investment plan?
  • Would you support rents being set over the long term in Edinburgh?
  • What are your priorities for investment?
The discussions in the breakout rooms will help to formulate ETF’s response to CEC’s Rent Consultation.  Elsewhere in the meeting, attendees were also able to hear about the work ETF has carried out over the last couple of months as we discussed our Progress Report.

ETF’s Convenor Betty Stone commented, “We would like to thank CEC staff for attending our Federation Meeting.  There were a lot of good discussions in both the breakout rooms and we would like to thank everyone who attended our Federation Meeting as their views will help to shape ETF’s response to the Rent Consultation.  This is hugely important to the future of housing in Edinburgh and we would like to encourage as many CEC tenants as possible to respond individually.”

CEC Rent Consultation

Your chance to respond

It's that time of year again, when CEC consults tenants on the proposed rents for 2022/23.  Tenants' rents pay for the services we receive, improvements to our homes and help CEC build new homes for rent across the city, so your views matter. 

CEC is currently carrying out their rent consultation which runs until Wednesday 8th December 2021.  This is an ideal opportunity for tenants to help shape the future of housing in Edinburgh and ETF would encourage tenants to have their say.  This can be done in a number of ways:  
In our next edition, we'll have reaction from our AGM, which promises to be a night to remember, plus much more.  Don't forget that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
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Update on ETF Office closure
As restrictions begin to ease, including the re-opening of the Norton Park Centre,  ETF's office remains closed and staff continue to work from home.  This enables the continued protection of both staff and service users.  However the Federation is still operating on a daily basis and staff can be contacted by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.
CEC Short-Term Let Control Area Consultation
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government introduced laws which allow Councils in Scotland to designate all or part of their area as a Short-Term Let Control Area.  In Edinburgh Airbnb is regarded as one of the largest platforms for short-term letting.

CEC is currently carrying out a consultation to inform the decision on taking forward a Short-Term Let Control Area for formal designation until Friday 5th November 2021.  ETF will be submitting a response to this consultation and if anyone would like to be involved in helping to draft this, please get in touch with ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468.  You can respond individually to the consultation:
CEC Accessible Housing Survey
Would you like to play your part in helping to develop future housing needs in Edinburgh?  The survey is part of a project CEC is carrying out to understand more about the need for accessible and adaptable homes now and in the future.

The survey results will give CEC additional information about current accessible homes across the city and the number that will be needed in the future which will help inform future plans. You can respond to the consultation The closing date for responses to this consultation is Friday 15th October 2021
Warm Home Discount
Are you interested in getting £140 discount off your electricity bill, or £140 credit to your prepayment meter? The Warm Home Discount is not widely advertised, so you may not have heard of it.  Many householders who are eligible for this discount have no idea it exists and  Changeworks are trying to spread the word about it.  You can find out more the Warm Home Discount and whether you're eligible to apply for it by clicking here
ETF response to the review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter
ETF recently submitted a response to the Scottish Government's review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter and we would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to this.  A final copy of ETF's response can be viewed by clicking here.  Alternatively you can request a paper calling by emailing ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468. 
Tenants Voice
Everyone should have received copies of the August edition of Tenants Voice.  It's a full edition, with plenty of interesting stories and information and we hope you enjoy reading Tenants Voice.  If anyone would like to request extra copies, please email the Federation Office by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  A copy of Tenants Voice is available to download by clicking here
Citizens Advice Project
The Citizen Advice Project offers advice to EU citizens living in Edinburgh and is offered in Polish and Spanish as well as English.  The Citizen Rights Project covers the following areas:
  • Housing and homelessness; 
  • Welfare Benefits;
  • Employment. 

The Citizens Advice Project welcome any referrals from people who are suffering from homelessness, would like housing advice, have issues with their benefits and have difficulties in their employment.  You can find out more about the Citizens Advice Project by clicking here.  

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