Handy service set for launch to help tenants

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tenants who need a helping hand with jobs around the house will soon be able to benefit from a new service announced by Sheffield Council.

Fixing shelves, hanging pictures and changing lightbulbs will be all in a day’s work for the handy-person provided by Sheffield Homes and repairs contractor, Kier.

The scheme aims to avoid residents having the difficulty of finding a reliable independent contractor.

People aged over 60, or people with a disability or a severe health problem, who are Sheffield Homes tenants, will be able to request help the free of charge.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s a fact that there are people in the city who take pride in their homes but can’t manage the little jobs that most of us can and that make all the difference.

“The Handyperson Scheme will bridge the gap, making sure council tenants can get a reliable Kier workman to help them out.

“The scheme will help keep our council homes and estates comfortable, safe and in good repair - saving us money in the long run and looking after the people who need it most.”

Tenants will be sent information about the scheme and how to apply when it launches next year.