Environmental Services to resume on Monday 6th April

In the interests of public health and hygiene, we have reviewed our earlier decision to temporarily put a stop to our environmental services and these will resume from Monday 6th April, with some important changes to how the services will be delivered.  We feel that during these challenging times, it is important that we continue to disinfect our common areas to try and help reduce the spread of coronavirus.  It is also important that our common areas and environment are kept clean and clear of refuse in order to prevent fire hazard and to control pests.

Our environmental services include close cleaning, back-court maintenance and bulk pull-out and grass-cutting/landscaping.  These services will resume according to the usual timetables, as far as possible.   Needless to say, the health and safety of our staff and residents is of paramount importance and we have assessed the risks associated with this work and taken steps to minimise the risk of cross contamination between staff members and residents during service delivery. Upkeep’s staff will carry out their duties in accordance with industry best practice for health and safety and Government guidance, with all staff provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and strict social distancing rules adhered to at all times. The extra health and safety measures taken include the following:

  • Staff will arrive on-site separately and will follow staggered start times to prevent any cross contamination.  Staff will work on the same street for safety reasons but will adhere to rules for social distancing.
  • During close cleaning, the first operative will press all buzzers to advise residents that they are cleaning the close, reminding them to stay within their homes as far as possible while cleaning takes place.
  • Signs will be placed at close entrances to advise that close cleaning is in progress and that access is prohibited during this time.
  • Cleaning will focus on the cleaning and disinfection of areas such as bannisters and intercoms to help restrict the spread of the virus.
  • Residents are asked not to engage with our staff in any circumstances during these operations.

We understand that some residents may have questions or concerns about our environmental services resuming, please do not hesitate to contact the Association on 763 0511 to discuss.  We will continue to monitor and review our environmental services as the current situation develops, and we would welcome your feedback on our services during these difficult times, so please do get in touch to share your views.  

We are here to help our residents

Association staff have been busy contacting older tenants and others that we know are in the ‘at risk’ category for Coronavirus. We want to make sure that everybody has somebody to help out – for food or medicine supplies or even just a friendly chat to keep spirits up. If you or anybody you know could do with some help at the present time, please give us a call. Although our office is shut, staff are working from home and there’s plenty we are still able to do to help. Call us on 763 0511 or email sha@shettleston.co.uk

Emergency Food Parcels

Easterhouse based community organisation, FARE, can supply emergency food packages to Shettleston residents who are in need due to illness/self isolation and have no other way of getting supplies and also to those experiencing serious financial difficulties in these difficult times. You can contact them on 771 9151.

Universal Credit – changes to how much you will get

From 6 April 2020, the government is increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for one year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.

This means that for a single Universal Credit claimant (aged 25 or over), the standard allowance will increase from £317.82 to £409.89 per month.

Covid 19: Update from Shettleston HA on 24th March 2020

Following the UK and Scottish Government announcements last night we have now made further changes to our services to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus.  This update provides details of some significant changes to our services that have taken effect from today, including changes to our repairs services, estate services, major projects and lettings.

  • Until further notice we will only be able to carry out emergency or very urgent repairs and essential safety checks like gas safety inspections.  Emergency repairs are only those which seriously affect the occupation of your property, by posing a danger to health and property or by making your home insecure. These include:

–          Burst pipes/leaks 

–          Water ingress 

–          Complete blockage of soil or waste pipes

–          Dangerous structural condition, e.g. falling masonry or roof tiles

–          Total lack of water and/or heating

–          Total loss of electrics/faulty electrics

–          Total loss of security due to broken windows or damaged door or broken lock/lost keys

–          Shower repair – only if no bath

–           Toilet not flushing/blocked (if only one in property)

–           Unsafe access to property

Our emergency contractor will attend to make safe, and undertake any work that they can to complete the repair and restore any loss of service.  In some cases this may mean a temporary repair, providing this leaves your home safe and secure and will not affect your occupation of the property.

To help our repairs team accurately assess the work required to be done, please email a photograph of the affected area to repairs@shettleston.co.uk where possible. 

We are aware that the Council’s pest control service has been suspended, therefore, in addition to the above, our emergency pest control contractor will attend to treat an infestation of rats, mice, squirrels only where these are within your property.

  • Our Estate Services, delivered through Upkeep, are now suspended.  This includes: close cleaning; back-court maintenance and bulk pull-out and grass-cutting/landscaping.
  • All major repair contracts  (e.g. window replacements) are also on hold.
  • All lettings work has been suspended.  If you require urgent rehousing then you should contact the homeless casework team on 0141 276 6152 or 0141 276 6153.

Please note  that whilst our office is closed our staff are still working and able to provide advice and support to tenants over the telephone or on-line.   If you are concerned about being able to pay your rent, or any other tenancy matter, then please contact us as soon as possible on the usual number to speak to your housing officer, welfare rights officer, money or energy adviser.

We will be continuing to provide updated information on our website and social media pages about Universal Credit and other benefit related matters.

During these difficult times, if you or a someone you know finds themselves in a crisis, please contact Social Care Direct, during office hours on 0141 287 0555 or on textphone 18001 0141 287 0555.  If you need this service outwith office hours, you can contact Glasgow and Partners Emergency Social Work Services on 0300 343 1505.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further updates as the situation develops.