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Questions about Coronavirus? Check out our FAQs.

Will my benefits be affected?  

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has made arrangements for people who have to self-isolate because of the virus, or who have been diagnosed with the virus. 

People currentlyclaiming Universal Credit (UC) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA)willnotbe required to produce a fit noteand willnotbe sanctioned if they let theDWP know in advance of their situation. 

Mandatorywork search and work availability requirements will no longer apply. 

People who need to make anew claim for Universal Creditwill be able to receive a month’s advance payment without going to a job centre. 

ESA will be payable from day one, rather than after seven days. 

People who are working or are self-employedwill stillbe eligiblefor statutory sick pay if theyare staying at home on Government advice, notonly if theyhave beeninfected. 

Statutory sick pay will be availablefrom day one, rather than after four days. 

There’s more informationonthe DWP website athttps://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses 

We’re always here to help customers who are affected. 

If customers need any help or advice to claim Universal Credit or other benefits, our experienced staff are available on the phone or on the Welfare Benefits section of our website. 

I’ve been forced to self-isolate and can’t go to work. Will I still have to pay my rent? 

We are urging customers whose income suffers as a result of Coronavirus to get in touch with us. 

We will do absolutely everything we can to help you through any difficulties caused by the Coronavirus situation, including your ability to claim any relevant benefits. 

We will support you according to your individual circumstances. We have a wide range of support available and if you can’t pay your rent as a result of coronavirus we will not evict you. We are here to help you so please contact us. 

Remember, you can pay rent, check your account and book a repair from home by using our online self-services or by calling us. 

The sooner you get in touch with us, the more we can do. 

I’ve been forced to self-isolate, how do I pay my rent? 

Are you affected by Coronavirus (due to illness or self-isolation) and worried about paying your rent? 

Remember, you don’t have to leave the house to keep on top of your rent. 

You can pay by: 

  • Direct Debit –It’s quick and easy to set up a Direct Debit to pay your rent. Once you have set up a Direct Debit, your payment will come out of your bank account on a date and at a frequency that suits you; 
  • Online services –It’s free to register for an online account. You can make a rent payment and more 24/7; 
  • Call us –Call us for free on 0800 011 3447 to pay by debit or credit card to pay your rent. 

Is there an impact on services? 

We will do all we can to support our customers and their families through these extraordinary times. 

But it is important to understand we will be providinga restricted range of servicesfollowing the latest government guidance on tackling the Coronavirus crisis. 

Our number-one priority will continue to be ensuring all tenants and their families remainsafe and securein their homes, whilst safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of our staff. 

Please be assured we are here for you and we will do everything we can tosupport you and your familythrough these difficult times. 

Our new working arrangements are focused on providingessential servicesand in putting them in place. 

How can I contact my housing officer? 

Our housing offices are now closed and our housing staff are fully-equipped to work from home. 

Although home visits are suspended, your neighbourhood manager will remainin contactwith you by telephone, email and text. 

Allappointments with welfare benefits advisors will be fulfilled by phone. 

We are urging all our tenants to let us know if, through beingill or self-isolating,they will find it difficult to pay their rent. We are here to help. 

Are your staff still working? 

On repairs, we are only able to provide emergency services to keep our tenants safe in their homes. Our teams are focusing on services that keep you safe, including checking blocks and communal areas to minimise fire risk. In response to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, a local Rapid Response team (our technical and housing staff) has been set up to handle priority requests where there are safety issues. 

Are you still carrying out repairs? 

The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and as a result we are still only able to deliver a restricted repairs service.

However, the gradual easing of restrictions means that as well as delivering emergency repairs we can now also carry out other essential repairs where it is safe to do so.

Essential repairs – or Safety First repairs – are where any customer or a building could be at risk and include repairing heating and renewing or repairing security entry doors and controlled entry.

All our staff will strictly follow guidelines on maintaining social distancing and wearing PPE.

We will introduce other types of repairs and return to a full repairs service as soon as we can.

What kind of repairs are you able to carry out at the moment?

We’ll be carrying out essential repairs where it is safe to do so.

Examples of this would be:

  • sort a persistent leak;
  • replace showers for vulnerable customers;
  • repair heating where temporary heating has been in place for a week;
  • replace security windows and doors;
  • renew and repair security and controlled-entry doors.

My shower has been broken for a while, will you now repair this?

Yes.

My sink has been blocked for a while, will you now repair this?

Yes.

I have a leak in my home and I have been containing it for weeks. Will you now repair this?  

Yes.

What kind of repairs won’t be carried out?

Unfortunately, we can’t, for now, do repairs where it’s difficult for staff to socially distance and common repairs that need more than one tradesperson or involve working in an attic.

We won’t be able to carry out non-essential repairs.

Will you be carrying out medical adaptations?

No, not in occupied properties.

Why are you not carrying out common repairs?

We will carry out essential common repairs if it is safe to do so. However, these works usually need more than one tradesperson. Maintaining social distancing in an attic or other enclosed spaces would be very difficult and could put customers and staff at risk.

Will you contact customers whose repairs had been cancelled?

Unfortunately, we won’t be proactively contacting customers to re-raise repairs that were cancelled due to the pandemic.

When the full repairs service is available, we will ask customers to get in touch to request any outstanding repairs if they are still required.

Will you be carrying out follow-on repairs, such as replacing glass?

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to carry out most follow-on repairs.

Are you still carrying out investment work? 

As the Coronavirus crisis continues, we’re doing everything we can to provide essential services to our communities while safeguarding the welfare and well-being of our customers and staff. 

We are following all the latest government guidance on tackling Coronavirus and as a result we are providing a restricted range of services with many of our staff now working from home. 

This means work on some of our improvement projects have had to be put on hold or delayed while we work through these exceptional times. 

Unfortunately, work that we were due to start will now be delayed. As soon as the situation eases we will be back in touch with you to let you know when the work can begin. 

If work has already started on kitchens and bathrooms, our contractors will finish the work. All other projects that have already started will be put on hold. 

Please don’t worry, we are going to make the area completely safe and will leave it tidy for you and your neighbours. 

Again, as soon as the situation eases we will be back in touch with you to let you know when the work can begin. 

Are you still letting homes? 

In line with Scottish Government guidance, letting homes to people who are homeless or in crisis continues to be the priority for all Scottish social-rented landlords.

Although we’re not allocating homes at the moment, you can still apply for a house or tell us about a change in circumstances via Homes4D&G – you can call them on 0300 123 1230, email them at enquiries@homes4dg.org.uk or visit the website at www.homes4dg.org.uk.

We expect to start getting back to normal letting from November at the latest. If you have a question, contact your housing officer or contact us on 0800 011 3447.

Anyone who is homeless should contact their local authority for advice, support and temporary accommodation.

Are you still carrying out gas safety checks?

Gas safety checks are continuing as normal, as we have a duty under law to service and inspect gas appliances every 12 months.

All health and safety guidelines will be in place during visits to customers’ homes.

We will be in touch to arrange a suitable day and time to carry out these visits.

 

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