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Want to offer your views on two important policies on private housing which are being updated?

Do you want to offer your views on two important West Lancashire Borough Council policies which are being updated? A public consultation is being run by the Council on draft updates made to the Disabled Adaptations Policy and the Housing Renewal Assistance Policy.

Copies of both policies can be downloaded by visiting Your Views. The closing date for comments is 5pm on 5th September 2014.

Comments which are made by the public will be taken into account when the updated policies are discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 11th November. The Cabinet will also decide if the draft updated should be approved and become Council policy.

The portfolio holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, Councillor David Sudworth, said ‘The Council has the power to help people living in private accommodation, and these are very important policies which guide that work. We hope people will give us their views on how those policies have been updated, so please take part in the consultation.’

The Disabled Adaptations Policy directs how the Council will carry out their statutory duty in providing disabled facilities grants to qualifying applicants in order to help them in adapting their home.

A suitable and well adapted home can prove to be the defining factor in allowing a disabled person to live well and independently. The purpose of this policy is to help officers to deliver an adaptions programme and to ensure that all disabled people who require the assistance of the Council receive fair and consistent treatment.

The Housing Renewal Assistance Policy helps to regulate the assistance which the Council can offer to homeowners, private tenants and private landlords regarding the repair, improvement and adaptation of their property. While the Council believes that it is primarily the responsibility in maintaining and improving their own property, they are committed to improving housing quality across all tenures including owner occupation and private renting.

There are also some vulnerable homeowners, in particular the elderly, who are unable to afford to repair or to improve their homes and they may be unable to obtain loans from commercial lenders. Information, advice and support is currently provided by the Council to help private residents throughout the borough in finding solutions to help them to live in affordable homes which are safe, secure, warm and in good repair. The Council, will in particular, provide direct assistance with help from partners to enable vulnerable residents to be able to live in decent homes. There are also grants which are available from the Council which can help with important works.

To make your views known please email laura.lea@westlancs.gov.uk or write to: Laura Lea, Homelessness & Private Sector Housing Manager, West Lancashire Borough Council, 61 Westgate, Skelmersdale, WN8 8LP.

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