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RoundUp Newsletter | Issue 6

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Join us and be inspired to review and improve your scrutiny groups. This conference will be chaired by resident volunteers and all workshops will be hosted by co-regulatory champions jointly. Workshops: • That’s what I call scrutiny • Scrutiny in action • Being an effective group • Managing a project.

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To book or get more information about this Tenant Central conference contact: Freephone Email Visit Write

0800 035 6351 info@tenantcentral.org.uk www.tenantcentral.org.uk and subscribe to our mailing list. Tenant Central Team, TPAS, Suite 4b Trafford Plaza, 73 Seymour Grove, Manchester M16 0LD.

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Jenny Topham Acting Chief Executive

When the RoundUp editorial team met to talk about the theme of this edition we wanted to make sure we were focusing on something that is affecting our members everyday in their homes. It didn’t take us long to talk about the difficulty we all face in keeping ourselves warm at home and eating well. We have seen the evidence from research

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such as Real Life Reform which tells us that many tenants feel they have to sacrifice one for the other.

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It may not be an obvious tenant empowerment theme, but we looked at the issue in this way; If you as a

landlord staff member or a tenant volunteer have this dilemma at home how can you focus on chairing your next panel meeting or coordinate an event or tackle an estate inspection? We all need to look after ourselves well before we can look after one another. We’ve asked lots of our members to explain how they tackle the food or fuel challenge as a tenant and a landlord in partnership. This edition is packed full of your stories, top tips and strategies for how you’re staying warm and well together.

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Stronger Together - Welfare reform We run drop in sessions for tenants about keeping warm on a budget & cooking lessons.

Stronger Together celebrates TPAS tenant and landlord members who are facing up to the challenges of the welfare reforms in partnership. Bringing real tenants and landlords from around the country to share their interesting stories of success.

See how they’re Stronger Together.

At North Lincolnshire Homes we believe everyone has the right to be warm in their homes & that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Many of our tenants seemed to be struggling with this so they came to us to see what solutions we could create together.

As part of a major improvement works plan we’re making sure our homes are well insulated & many properties now have air source heat pumps & solar panels offering a more cost effective way to heat homes.

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We’re also supporting Age UK’s work with home energy checks & showing residents how to claim discounts on energy bills.

Meet Stuart & Stephen.

Stuart is one of our Support Workers & he’s been working with 64-year-old Stephen Bowers of Broughton, for almost three years.

“With Stephen’s new budget, he’s used some money to buy a new carpet which keeps his home even warmer...” We’ve teamed up with National Energy Action, a charity set up to cut fuel poverty & have created 20 Affordable Warmth Champions. Our staff have been trained to offer practical advice on how to become more energy efficient therefore keeping heating cost down.

Tenants like Stephen are becoming distressed about the rising cost of heating bills & want to work with us to save money. As with other tenants, Stuart worked together with Stephen to monitor his usage. Stuart helped Stephen create a budget planner where they worked out together how much he could afford to pay for his bills, food & how to save. It was agreed Stephen would pay £10 per week each for gas & electric. A new energy meter was fitted into Stephen’s home & the debt on his account was cleared. Since then Stephen has remained in credit with his heating.

With his new budget he’s used some money to buy a new carpet which keeps his home even warmer & he’s able to save towards his hobby of keeping fish & birds. Stephen said: “Stuart offers common sense advice & I’m being rewarded with a lovely warm home. “I really appreciate the help & look forward to [Stuart] calling. I’m now in charge of my own warmth with no concerns & with a bit of support I can live an independent life.” Stuart said: “I enjoy my job because I get to help people & seeing the end result rewards me. I’m here to make sure people can live as independently as they wish.”

Email us at: welfare@tpas.org.uk to tell us how you’re Stronger Together in your area. Visit: www.facebook.com/StrongerTogetherTPAS 4


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