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A Recap of the Housing Options Workshop Karen Lucas (Head of Housing Needs Islington) and Sue Powell (Head of Service at Islington Learning Disability Partnership) headed an event at Centre 404 on 11th February. Karen outlined the various housing options for people with a learning disability and gave us some interesting insights and background information. There are currently around 19,000 households on the housing register and only around 1,200 properties a year become available. The housing options for people with a learning disability include private sector housing, shared ownership or social housing that is a council or housing association property. It is difficult for people with a learning disability to have enough points awarded to apply for accommodation. However, Islington Learning Disability Team can now nominate up to 15 people with a learning disability for a property. Appointments with their Housing Surgery are available for people with learning disabilities. If you would like to find out more contact the Islington Learning Disability Team or ask for an appointment on 020 7520 6600.

Tips to Save Money on Energy Bills A household is said to be in fuel poverty when its members cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost, given their income. If you are paying more than 10% of your income for energy costs you are in fuel poverty. We are all affected by fuel poverty, especially children and adults with low or no mobility. The suggested temperature should be 21 degrees celsius in the living room and 18 degrees celsius in the bedroom. Ways you can keep warm in your bedroom: •Thicker curtains, carpet, window and door draft excluder •Thicker quilts or blankets, flannelette sheets •Electric blanket, hot water bottle or microwave pillows Ideas for trying to save money on bills: •Gas is cheaper than electric •Draught proofing windows and doors •Low energy light bulbs •Running a washing machine at 30 degrees •Do not leave any equipment on standby (as it still uses energy) •Loft insulation •Double glazing •New boilers are more cost effective •Switching energy tariffs We will be running a workshop on Fuel Poverty in the future and we could all start putting things in to place for next winter so if this would interest you please call 020 7697 1336 for more details.

Pedal Power Pedal Power is the cycling club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities providing cycling opportunities for people of all abilities. It encourages family members and support workers to cycle so that they in turn inspire the people they support to cycle. Pedal Power organises regular fundraising and Special Olympic events and aim to pay for people to be trained as cycle trainers. Based in Finsbury Park Basketball Courts, Pedal Power meets alternate Saturdays 12-4pm. For more information and details on meeting dates, visit www.pedalpowercc.org or phone 020 8809 7718.

Universal Credit on the Red Button Millions of people who do not have internet access in their homes can now find information about Universal Credit and finding work by hitting the red button on their TV remote control or by using their Nintendo Wii Console. Universal Credit is a new benefit designed for people of working age who are looking for work or on a low income. It’s being introduced gradually between April 2013 and 2017. SOURCE: Department for Work and Pensions

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Family Carers Update Spring 2014  

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