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Happy New Year

Best wishes from everyone at ETF

Update from ETF

Continuing to protect staff and service users

As a result of the Omicron variant and the current restrictions in place, the Federation Office remains closed.  This has been done to ensure the continued protection of both staff and service users.  

Despite the current situation, ETF is still operating on a daily basis and staff can by contacted via email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  ETF will continue to take advice from the Scottish Government and the Albion Trust and we will give a further update in due course.

City of Edinburgh Council Accessible Housing Survey

Planning for the future

Would you like to see more adaptable and accessible homes built in Edinburgh in the future?  The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) is inviting Edinburgh residents of all ages, living in all types of housing, to take part in an Accessible Housing Survey.  The survey is an important part of a wider project which will help CEC understand more about the need for accessible and adaptable homes in the city, now and in the future. 

You can find out more about the survey and how to complete it by clicking here.  The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and is open until Thursday 4th February 2022.

Supporting the elderly and vulnerable

Help available during the winter months

Unfortunately this time of year can bring a sense of anxiety and worry.  With rising fuel prices, many people are worried about the costs of heating their home and in some cases have to choose between heating their homes or providing food for their families.  Support is available through Home Energy Scotland and you can find out more by clicking here or phone 0800 808 2282.

Cold houses can be very harmful to people and can cause them to become physically ill, including with respiratory problems.  If you think someone may be at risk because their house is too cold, contact Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324.  If you have concerns that someone is showing signs of hypothermia call 999. 
Don't forget that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
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Tenants Voice
Everyone should have received copies of the December edition of Tenants Voice.  It's an action packed edition, with plenty of interesting stories and information and we hope you enjoy reading this edition.  If anyone would like extra copies, please contact the Federation Office by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  A copy of Tenants Voice is available to download by clicking here
ETF Membership Renewals
ETF is still accepting both Member Group and Non-Voting Individual applications.  If you would like an application form, please contact ETF's Office Manager Mary Callaghan by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.
CEC Advice Shop
Are you or anyone you know experiencing money or debt problems?  CEC's Advice Shop is open to any CEC or Housing Association tenant and can offer information, advice or assistance with any benefit or debt matter.  Advisors can offer help with issues relating to rent arrears, loans, credit cards, catalogue debt and Council Tax.

You can email the Advice Shop by clicking here or phone 0131 200 2360.  You can also go to a Locality Office and call the Advice Shop from the free phone there.  You can find out more on the Advice Shop's website by clicking here.

More information is available on this topic among others in CEC's Tenants Courier newsletter which can be downloaded by clicking here
Tenant Grant Fund
The Scottish Government recently provided funding to local authorities in Scotland to supplement the work they are doing to prevent homelessness by creating a Tenant Grant Fund.  The overall aim of the fund is to support homelessness prevention however, the amount of funding to the Council is limited and will only be available for payment up until 31st March 2022

You can find out more about the Tenant Grant Fund, including whether you are eligible to apply by clicking here or phone 0131 200 2360. 
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 about the Warm Home Discount and whether you're eligible to apply for it by clicking here
Lothian's Improving the Cancer Journey Service
Are you living in the Edinburgh and Lothians area and have been affected by cancer?  Improving the Cancer Journey Service is here to help you live as well as possible.  The service can meet with you to discuss what happens to you and help you get the right support.  

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and many people don't know where to go to for support.  Here are some of the aspects the service can help you with:
  • Money or housing worries;
  • Work;
  • Caring responsibilities;
  • Physical concerns;
  • Emotional concerns;
  • Other types of support
You can find out more about how the service can help by clicking here or phone 07977 307286/07929 784315.
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