Coronavirus update for customers
To help our customers and colleagues stay safe during the third national lockdown, we’ll be operating an essential works only service inside our customer’s homes until further notice.
If you have a repair booked in with us over the next few weeks, you don’t need to do anything, your appointment has already been cancelled and we’ll be in touch soon to confirm.
We’ll still be carrying out essential and emergency work, so please contact us on 0333 400 8222 if you need to reach us in an emergency.
You can continue to book routine repairs in the normal way via MyAster or by calling us on 0333 400 8222, and we’ll schedule them as soon as it is safe to do so. But for now, if you think something in your home needs repairing it might be something that you can easily diagnose and fix. Check out our Advice Hub for some handy tips.
If we’re due to carry out an emergency repair in your home, it’s important that you let us know before we arrive if you are shielding, self-isolating or otherwise affected by coronavirus by calling us on 0333 400 8222.
Please follow social distancing rules and if you can, you’ll need to stay in another room for the entire visit. If that’s not possible, please wear a face-covering at all times. Our colleagues will also ask for windows to be left open in the area they’re working in. We’ve put together this video to give you an idea of what to expect when we visit your home.
We know this word is used a lot at the moment, but these truly are unprecedented times. While we don’t know how long we need to take these measures for, we promise to do everything we can to support our people and our customers.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOU
We understand that you may be concerned about your finances, especially at the moment, but please be reassured we will work to help you as much as we can.
We have created an advice page to answer some of the questions you may have and we have a dedicated team of highly skilled people who are available to support you.
Our Financial Wellbeing and Customer Accounts teams are ready to help as much as they can, and we would encourage you to talk to us about your financial situation if you are worried.
We have a money advice tool that can help you to budget for rent and other charges, food and utilities. The Department for Work and Pensions has issued guidance about claiming support through Universal Credit. You can also visit our website pages for advice about Universal Credit, the government’s 80% pay furlough scheme and guidance if you are self-employed.
The Quids In! magazine, which we provide free to our customers, has updated its website to offer a host of money advice, tips and support.
Our Into Work and Financial Wellbeing services are available should you need them and our teams can support you through this period by helping you access work opportunities or offer help with managing your money.
We’re working hard to make sure we don’t add to your worries at this time and ask that you keep in touch with us about your situation. If you are concerned about paying your rent or other charges, please call us on 0333 400 8222.
EXTRA CARE AND SHELTERED SCHEMES
To help our customers and colleagues stay safe during the third national lockdown, we’ll be operating an essential works only service inside all homes until further notice.
Our internal communal areas will remain closed. We know that communal areas are important to many of you but it’s vital that we do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus and help keep you safe.
Please follow latest government advice when moving around the building, keep at least two metres from others and wear a face covering at all times.
Your health and safety and that of our colleagues is our priority and we are led by the government and our own risk assessments. We’ll keep the measures under constant review and adapt as the situation changes or restrictions are eased.
We’re doing all we can to ensure that you continue to receive the services you need, whilst following the measures outlined by government to protect our customers and colleagues.
For more information please see our information for Independent Living Customers.
Until further notice our offices remain closed to customers. Our Neighbourhood Officers will be out and about as normal conducting estate inspections, but we would ask that any contact with them is made by phone.
If you feel unwell and have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus – fever, cough, muscle pains, or loss of smell or taste – please follow the Government’s updated advice on the precautions you need to take.
If we are due to visit you and you have recently returned from a country where the government has imposed a 10 day quarantine period, please contact us through our contact centre and we'll re-arrange your visit.
WE ARE HERE
Whilst the environment around us is uncertain, please be reassured that we have over 1,400 caring, compassionate and dedicated people who will do their very best to continue to provide you with essential core services.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to play our part in limiting the further spread of Covid-19.
Our high level risk assessment provides an overview of the controls we have in place to help keep our people and customers safe. This document is updated and reviewed on a weekly basis.
- Health advice – www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
- UK Government advice and updates – www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- UK Government guidance for tenants and landlords - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities