Cold homes crisis prompts plea for Sheffield pensioners to donate fuel payments

20 Nov


Cold homes crisis prompts plea for Sheffield pensioners to donate fuel payments


Sheffield’s leading older person’s charity is asking better off pensioners to donate fuel payments to those most in need, in a desperate bid to prevent up to 250 people dying prematurely from the cold in the city this winter.

Age UK Sheffield says winter fuel payments, which are paid automatically to all older people living in their own homes, often go to people who can already afford to heat their homes.

That’s why the charity is appealing for those who can to donate their payments, so it can better support the estimated 14,000 older people in Sheffield who live in poor quality, damp or draughty housing.

Age UK Sheffield Chief Executive Steve Chu, said: “Winter fuel payments are literally a lifeline to thousands of older people in Sheffield each year. But because the payments are made automatically, no matter how rich or poor someone is, we’re appealing to those who can afford to, to donate their payment to us so that we can do more to help those most in need.

“We will use any money we receive to support our work providing information and advice to an older person suffering from the cold this winter. We know that there is a strong relationship between poor insulation and heating of houses, low indoor temperature and excess winter deaths of older people. So anything more we can do to support the thousands of older people in Sheffield who are living in these conditions has the potential to save lives.”

It’s thought that 50,000 older people in Sheffield live in fuel poverty, with one in seven admitting they go to bed to keep warm and save heating costs despite not feeling tired.

Age UK has calculated that cold homes cost the NHS in  England more than £1.36 billion every year, with excess winter deaths outstripping road deaths by 15 to one each year.

Everyone aged 64 to 80 automatically receives £200 from the Government each year in November. Those aged 80 or over get £300.

To donate to Age UK Sheffield visit, email phone 0114 250 2850. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to “Age UK Sheffield” and posted to them at First Floor, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG.



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Job Vacancies at Reach South Sheffield – Personal Tutors to deliver English and Maths

16 Nov

Personal Tutors to deliver English and Maths

 Salaries: £30,000 pa

 Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

 Fixed term posts until 31st January 2019

About Building Better Opportunities:

BBO – Sheffield City Region (BBO SCR) is an integrated, person centred employment service for people with physical and mental health conditions, learning disabilities and complex needs. It is based on Individual Placement support, a “place then train” approach that’s shown to be twice as effective as traditional approaches. BBO – SCR aims to bring about system change, resulting in long lasting impacts for the City Region.

It will develop the evidence base for the Individual Placement Support model, expanding it to a new geography and to different customer groups. It integrates employment specialists within a variety of teams in deprived communities with high levels of economic inactivity. It will also raise aspirations about what a co-produced, strengths based approach to employment can achieve for the most disadvantaged.

Purpose of the role:

Working as part of our multi-disciplinary team, delivering high quality assessment and development of customers’ Maths, English and ICT skills. You will support BBO customers to identify how to enhance their Maths, English and ICT skills, in a non-classroom setting.

You will be working with a case load of customers across South Yorkshire to improve their life and employment prospects. The ideal person will be a genuine self-starter with bags of energy, enthusiasm and creativity and with a background and qualification in adult education.

For an informal chat about the role, please call John Chamberlain on 0114 239 4888.

Click here to download a job description/person specification.

Click here to download an application form.

Completed applications should be submitted to Cheryl Mckeown –

 Closing date for submissions: 27th November 2017 at 4pm
Interviews: week commencing 4th December


Heeley City Farm – Winter Fayre (Saturday 9th December)

16 Nov

Heeley City Farm Winter Fayre Saturday 9th December 2017 from 11.00 a.m


Is your child 3 years old? Are you working? You may be eligible for 30 hour of free childcare!

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Council seeks views on improving the safety of privately rented homes – London Road and parts of Abbeydale and Chesterfield Road.

16 Nov


Council seeks views on improving the safety of privately rented homes

14 November 2017

A 13 week consultation is soon to start on a new landlord licensing scheme to improve the safety and

standard of privately rented homes and how they are managed.

Sheffield City Council is proposing a selective licensing scheme for sections of London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road after inspections found three in four rented properties in the area had high risk hazards. These were putting tenants at risk by exposing them to serious harm such as fire, falls, excess cold and damp and mould.

The council will be asking local landlords, tenants, residents and businesses about what they think to the proposal and the extent of the issues. This will inform the proposed scheme which covers around 1,000 homes in a four mile stretch.

Surveys are being sent to more than 9,000 properties in the area and nine public events are being held. The consultation starts on Monday, 27 November and ends on 23 February 2018.

The feedback will be used to inform a recommendation put to the council’s Cabinet next summer.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “We have serious concerns about the safety of some rented properties along London Road and parts of Abbeydale and Chesterfield Road.

“Concerns raised by tenants, along with our findings, lead us to believe a licensing scheme is needed to improve safety. But we want landlords to show us if this is not the case, and we want tenants, residents and businesses to tell us about their experiences. Our goal is for all the private rented properties in this area to be safe, in good condition and well managed.”

The council’s proposal has been informed by housing inspections carried out by officers in the private housing standards team since October 2015.

Seventy seven properties were visited and 58 inspected – 43 of which were found to contain serious safety hazards.

Flats above shops have been the main cause for concern as they are often above restaurants and takeaways, with issues around fire safety and means of escape. Other problems found included

  • Poor conditions and neglect
  • Illegal and dangerous flat conversions
  • Subletting and overcrowding
  • Piles of rubbish
  • Bad landlord and letting agent practices

Government rules stipulate that councils are not allowed to make any money from licensing schemes, but that landlords can be charged a licence fee.

Sheffield City Council is proposing a cost of around £1,000 for a five year licence but this may change depending on the consultation findings.

Councillor Dunn added: “I appreciate that a licensing scheme means extra costs for landlords, and often extra costs where properties are brought up to standard. But these are tenant’s lives we’re talking about here. And their safety is vital and something which cannot be compromised.”

People can also have their say online at from Monday, 27 November.

Speak to a Private Housing Standards officer and find out more at an event:

1. Wednesday 6th December, 10am – 12noon, St Oswalds Church on Bannerdale Road (general drop in)
2. Thursday 14th December, 6pm-9pm, St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane (presentations and talks for landlords, letting agents and tenants)
3. Tuesday 19th December, 6pm – 8pm, Chinese Community Centre on London Road (general drop in)
4. Wednesday 10th January, 6pm-9pm, Abbeydale Picture House on Abbeydale Road (presentations and talks for landlords, letting agents and tenants)
5. Wednesday 17th January, 2pm-4pm, Meersbrook Park United Reform Church on Chesterfield Road (general drop in)
6. Tuesday 23rd January, 4pm-6pm, Dalton Court Community Centre off Abbeydale Road (general drop in)
7. Wednesday 31st January, 6pm-9pm, St Pauls Church on Norton Lees Lane (presentations and talks for landlords, letting agents and tenants)
8. Tuesday 6th February, 10am-12 noon, Heeley Institute on Gleadless Road (general drop in)
9. Wednesday 14th February, 3pm-5pm, Highfield Trinity Church on Holland Place (general drop in)

About the area:

Approximately 59 per cent of residential properties in the proposed licensing area are privately rented, which is much higher than the national average of 20 per cent.

Since 2014, the council has prosecuted 23 landlords and letting agents for housing offences in 40 properties in the area. It has also ruled nine landlords are not ‘fit and proper’ but under existing national rules, the council is unable to stop them practising.

This changes under selective licensing as councils are able to withhold licences from people who have previously been convicted for housing offences and those who fail a ‘fit and proper’ landlord test.

Selective licensing in Page Hall
The council already runs a selective licensing scheme in Page Hall which started in April 2014 and runs until 21 April 2019.

It includes the following addresses:

  • Page Hall Road (53 to 135 and 52 to 118)
  • Hinde House Lane (31 to 125 and 34 to 102)
  • Hinde Street (all properties)
  • Popple Street (all properties)
  • Robey Street (all properties)
  • Lloyd Street (all properties)
  • Wade Street (all properties)
  • Lauder Street (all properties)
  • Willoughby Street (all properties)

There are around 305 privately rented homes included in the scheme.
Landlords and letting agents have invested more than £1m in the properties since it was introduced and Category 1 defects (serious hazards) have been resolved in 293 properties in the selective licensing area.