New opening hours for Shettleston Pantry

From 1st December, your local pantry on 981 Shettleston Road will be open on Wednesdays, 10am – 3pm, and on Fridays, 10am – 1pm. Please note that it will no longer open on Tuesdays. The pantry will continue to offer a fantastic range of food items from a variety of food groups for a low cost of £2.50. All you have to do to take advantage is visit the pantry during opening hours, and the staff will take care of the rest.

Tier 4: Temporary restrictions on our repairs service

Due to the latest Scottish Government guidance we will be providing a reduced repairs service inside tenants’ homes.  Until 11th December this will be restricted to emergency or very urgent repairs which pose a danger to residents’ health, the property or which make your home insecure. These will include:

  • Burst pipes / leaks 
  • Water coming into your home.
  • Blockage of soil or waste pipes/ toilet not flushing
  • Faulty electrics
  • Breakdown of heating or hot water
  • Shower repair (if also unable to use bath).
  • Dangerous structural condition, (e.g. falling masonry, roof tiles) or any other dangerous or unsafe issue that requires urgent attention
  • Home insecure due to broken windows,  damaged door or broken lock/ lost keys
  • Unsafe access to property

We will continue to try to take any particular individual circumstances into account and, for example, may replace light bulbs for elderly tenants.

 We will also be continuing with our programme of gas and electrical safety inspections and with any follow up work identified as necessary.

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

We aim to ensure that such repairs are attended to within our usual target response wherever possible.   Our emergency contractor will attend and make safe and undertake what work they can to complete the repair and restore lost 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.

Where you can please email a photograph of the affected area to repairsteam@shettleston.co.uk to help our repairs team accurately assess the work required.

Scottish Child Payment – applications now open

What is the Scottish Child Payment?

It’s a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. £40 is paid every four weeks for each child under six.

It opens on Monday 15 February 2021 but applications are being taken now to help manage demand.

Who can apply?

You can apply for Scottish Child Payment whether you are in work or not.

You may be eligible if you, or your partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child who will be aged under six on 15 February 2021 and if you receive certain benefits or tax credits.

(Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)).

How many children can qualify per household?

Every child under six in a qualifying family will receive a payment.

How to apply

You can apply online at https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/ or via the freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, or by post.

Why are people being asked to apply now?

There is expected to be a huge demand for this new payment. Encouraging people to apply now means that Social Security Scotland can check that they have all the information and evidence needed to make a decision once the benefit starts on Monday 15 February.

What evidence will be required?

You will need to provide evidence that you are responsible for a child under six, usually through the child being named on a benefits claim. If more than one person applies for the same child, a process is in place for deciding who gets the payment, and the person who the child lives with for the majority of time will be prioritised.

Kinship carers can demonstrate responsibility for a child with a legal order or letter of support from a local authority.

Glasgow Helps can offer free vital support to those self-isolating

If any of our tenants or factored owners have had a positive COVID-19 test, or are self-isolating because you’ve been asked to by NHS Test & Protect, and you have no support network then Glasgow Helps could assist you.  They can help with things like shopping and collecting prescriptions. 

You can contact Glasgow Helps by texting 07451 289255, lines are open Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm.  If you have no credit on your phone but can get online, you can contact Glasgow Helps at https://www.glasgowhelps.org/

If you are struggling financially and a Foodbank referral is needed because you’re self-isolating, this can be arranged through Glasgow Helps.  Glasgow Helps will arrange for the food parcel to be delivered.

If you’re self-isolating and can afford food, but are unable to use online shopping, Morrisons offer a Doorstep Delivery Service by phone.  To arrange this please call 0345 611 6111 (Option 5).  Your order will be taken over the phone and delivery arranged.  Payment will be taken by Contactless or Chip & Pin when the shopping is delivered.  If you are elderly or vulnerable, there is no charge for delivery. 

We’re consulting you about increasing the percentage of homes we allocate to the homeless

On page 11 of our latest newsletter, we included an article about the increased demand of homeless households for accommodation. The pandemic has certainly made the homeless situation worse across the city and Glasgow City Council is asking Registered Social Landlords, like ourselves, to allocate 90% of lets (excluding transfers where a current tenant needs a move within our area) to homeless households.  This temporary change to our allocations procedures is something we are seeking your views on. 

Please read the article on page 11 and send your views via a private message on facebook, or you can call us on 763 0511 to give your views to Sandra McIlroy or Anne McAlpine.  You can also email your views to sha@shettleston.co.uk.  We would appreciate a response as soon as possible so that we can take your views to our Committee meeting on Tuesday.

You can read our newsletter article about homeless challenges by clicking here.