Home visits for Sheffield Council tenants

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Housing officers will carry out regular visits to council tenants across Sheffield in a shake-up of services.

Sheffielc Council properties will be divided up into ‘patches’ with a Town Hall worker assigned to every home in a bid to save £500,000.

It is hoped the Housing+
scheme will reduce adult social care spending by offering advice, support and a vital link to other council services for some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

The move signals a major step in the authority’s control of social housing after tenants voted to transfer management – previously done by Sheffield Homes – back to the council.

Coun Harry Harpham, council cabinet member for homes, said: “The tenants of Sheffield spoke loudly and clearly two years ago when they voted to bring the management of their homes back with the council.

“Now we have to deliver on the promises we have made .

“I am confident this new deal will meeting tenants expectations and more.

“Tenants have told us they want a service of their choice which meets their individual needs.

“This scheme will deliver the changes they have asked for – while at the same time delivering value-for-money for tenants.

“When we took back the management of council housing into the council this was a big decision.

“We now want to deliver a first-class housing service for our tenants.”

Plans for the project are expected to be approved at the council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday.