New scheme to help out with repairs to houses

Home owners in North Lanarkshire have been urged to take advantage of a council scheme that aims to provide help and assistance for repairs and maintenance to their property.

North Lanarkshire Council is making changes to its ‘Scheme of Assistance’ encourage more home owners and landlords to participate in communal repair and improvement programmes, often led by the council or housing associations.

Changes being introduced include providing 75 per cent grants for owner occupiers receiving income based benefit, changes to the grant threshold and offering grants for door entry works in flatted blocks.

Key changes include the replacement of a hardship grant with a 75 per cent grant for owner occupiers in receipt of income based benefit, as well as reducing the lower grant threshold of £1,500 to £1,000 for common work, providing an opportunity for grants to be awarded for lower cost essential work such as common stair repairs.

There will also be grants for door entry works to owners of all flatted blocks. It is hoped this will help owners to improve the security of their blocks and help address identified risks associated with anti-social behaviour, fly tipping, loitering, vandalism etc.

For more information please contact the council’s private sector on 01698 274179 or visit our website at www.northlan.gov.uk.