Thurrock Council to improve housing for residents with disabilities

FOLLOWING the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (13 July) Thurrock Council revealed plans to set up new contracts for future works and services in residents’ homes where disabled adaptations are needed.

The contract will include the supply, installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical aids (stair lifts, ceiling hoists, step and through floor lifts) as well as larger adaptations and building works.

The contract will be for council properties, but will also be available to home owners who are eligible for funding from the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and who are unable to manage the project themselves.

The contract will last for the next four years, starting from November 2016.

Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “The aim of this contract is to have a stable set of suppliers for these important services, suppliers who the council can trust and rely upon to provide the best quality service for Thurrock people.”

He continued: “A further benefit of these new contracts will be that we will have better accounts for exactly how much the council is spending on these works and we will aim to lower these costs through the consistency in contract payments.”

For more information on housing services in Thurrock, go to: thurrock.gov.uk/housing

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