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We have a vacancy for a resident board member

Would you like to be at the centre of how Bucks Housing is run and its plans for the future?  Can you commit to attending six meetings a year (usually at our offices in Stokenchurch, but currently being held via Zoom)?

If so, why not apply to join our Board as a voluntary board member?

We will give you a proper induction, regular training opportunities and ongoing support so that you’re best placed to make the most effective contribution and so that you can get the most out of the experience too.

There is no payment for this voluntary role, but we do pay your reasonable expenses.

If you’re interested, please contact Helen Green on 01494 480340 or helen@bucksha.co.uk and we’ll send you further details.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 October 2020.

We have a vacancy for a resident board member2020-09-25T16:36:21+01:00

New Customer Service Standards

We are committed to providing excellent service to our residents and have reviewed our Customer Service Standards, taking account of the feedback we received in our recent Residents’ Survey.  You can read the new Service Standards here and details will be sent out to all residents in the next newsletter.

Please note, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our office is currently closed and we are only able to arrange face to face meetings in emergency situations.  This means that, temporarily, we will be unable to meet several of the new standards, as highlighted.  We look forward to resuming a full service just as soon as we are able.  Updates will be provided in the Coronavirus section of the website.

New Customer Service Standards2020-09-10T13:55:31+01:00

Coronavirus – Advice to Customers

Updated 3 September 2020

As we near Week 24 since the start of the Government’s lockdown, we thought we should recap on the services Bucks Housing is continuing to provide at the current time. Please be assured that we’re doing everything we can to provide as full and normal a service as we can, whilst limiting the risk of spreading the virus and protecting the well-being, health and safety of residents, contractors and staff.

Contacting us

Although our office in Stokenchurch remains closed, all our staff are set up to work fully from home. Please continue to use our usual phone number (01494 480340) and email address (info@bucksha.co.uk) to contact us.

Home visits

All non-urgent home visits remain suspended but please call us if you need urgent advice or assistance with any issue.

Our Repairs & Maintenance Service

As you will be aware, throughout the pandemic, we have been following the Government’s health and safety advice and, since 26 May, we have been operating a full repairs and maintenance service.

As we have previously advised, we will not carry out any non-urgent repairs inside your property if you or any member of your household is isolating or shielding.  If this is the case, please call us to log your repair and to tell us when it will be safe for us to arrange to visit.  We can then make a note to check back with you nearer the time.  Any external repairs, such as guttering or fencing repairs, which can be carried out without the need to enter your home, will be attended to as normal.

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued with our programme of gas and electrical safety checks and would ask that you continue to provide access for these, and any other essential safety checks, to go ahead.

All of all our maintenance operatives are working in accordance with the Government’s latest advice on working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak.  This includes maintaining a safe distance (at least 2 metres) and using the appropriate PPE e.g. gloves.  In some cases, additional PPE will need to be worn, for example, if you or a household member are experiencing symptoms of the virus.  As always, our maintenance contractor will arrange a convenient date with you for them to visit and will, on the day, notify you in advance when they will be arriving.

We would ask you to help us to protect you, members of your household and our operatives by maintaining a safe distance (preferably by moving into a different room) to the one where the operative is working.  If our contractor does not feel the repair can be carried out safely, they will leave the property.  For everyone’s security, we would also ask you to remove any valuables from the room/s where our operatives are working unsupervised.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that whilst we are keen to ensure that all our residents receive a comprehensive repairs and maintenance service, we want to do this in a way which protects the safety and well-being of our customers, our staff and our maintenance operatives.  Should you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.  You can contact us in the usual ways – by telephone (01494 480340) or via email (info@bucksha.co.uk).

Rent payments

We understand what a difficult time this is for residents who may be facing financial hardship due to the worsening economic situation. If you’re having difficulty paying your rent, or you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent during the current crisis, please contact us for advice – we’re here to help.

Older and vulnerable residents

Using information provided by residents themselves, we have identified those residents who we thought may appreciate a telephone call from staff and we have made contact accordingly – just to check how people are coping and to see whether there is any support we’re able to provide or arrange.

If you are struggling with anything and you think we may be able to help, or you just need to hear a friendly voice, please do get in touch with us. Our staff will happily try to help or should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. We would also please ask you to keep an eye out for your neighbours during this difficult time, particularly older or vulnerable people. Should you have any concerns about their welfare, please let us know and we will try to contact them or alert other agencies to try to help.

Further information

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will provide any further service updates on this page, so please check back regularly. All the latest information, advice and facts about the Coronavirus are available on the gov.uk website .

Thank you

Updated 21 May 2020

Important change to the Repairs & Maintenance Service from Tuesday 26 May 2020

As you will be aware, we have been following the Government’s health and safety advice during the lockdown and have only been carrying out emergency repairs and urgent gas and electrical safety checks/repair work.

Earlier this week, as part of the gradual easing of the lockdown, the Government issued new advice and is now encouraging landlords to carry out routine, as well as urgent and emergency repairs for most of their customers.  You can read the letter from the Minister of State for Housing, addressed to all social housing residents in England, via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-social-housing-residents.

Therefore, from Tuesday 26 May, we will be operating a full repairs and maintenance service.  As you will appreciate, we will be dealing with a substantial backlog of repairs and therefore it might take us a little bit longer than normal to deal with your repair.  Priority will obviously be given to more urgent repairs and we would ask for your patience and understanding during this period.

Please note that we will not carry out any non-urgent repairs inside your property if you or any member of your household is isolating or shielding.  If this is the case, please call us to log your repair and to tell us when it will be safe for us to arrange to visit.  We can then make a note to check back with you nearer the time.  Any external repairs, such as guttering or fencing repairs, which can be carried out without the need to enter your home, will be attended to as normal.

We will also be continuing with our programme of gas and electrical safety checks and would ask that you continue to provide access for these, and any other essential safety checks, to go ahead.

All of all our maintenance operatives will be working in accordance with the Government’s latest advice on working safely during the Coronavirus outbreak.  This will include maintaining a safe distance (at least 2 metres) and using the appropriate PPE e.g. gloves.  In some cases, additional PPE will need to be worn, for example, if you or a household member are experiencing symptoms of the virus.  As always, our maintenance contractor will arrange a convenient date with you for them to visit and will, on the day, notify you in advance when they will be arriving.

We would ask you to help us to protect you, members of your household and our operatives by maintaining a safe distance (preferably by moving into a different room) to the one where the operative is working.  If our contractor does not feel the repair can be carried out safely, they will leave the property.  For everyone’s security, we would also ask you to remove any valuables from the room/s where our operatives are working unsupervised.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that whilst we are keen to resume a full repairs and maintenance service, we only want to do this in a way which protects the safety and well-being of our customers, our staff and our maintenance operatives.  Should you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.  You can contact us in the usual ways – by telephone (01494 480340) or via email (info@bucksha.co.uk).

Thank you

Updated 5 May 2020

As we enter Week 7 of the lockdown, we thought we should recap on the services Bucks Housing is continuing to provide at the current time. Please be assured that the changes we have made to our services are to limit the spread of the virus and to protect the well-being, health and safety of residents, contractors and staff, whilst ensuring that essential services continue as normally as they can.

Contacting us

Although our office in Stokenchurch remains closed, all our staff are set up to work fully from home. Please continue to use our usual phone number (01494 480340) and email address (info@bucksha.co.uk) to contact us.

Home visits

 All non-urgent home visits remain suspended but please call us if you need urgent advice or assistance with any issue.

Repairs

We continue to operate an emergency repairs service only. If you’re not sure if your repair is an emergency, please call us for advice. If we think the repair can wait until we are operating a full service again, we will log it to pass on to our contractors when our full service is resumed. Alternatively, please make a note of your non-urgent repairs and report these when the situation improves. It is, however, very important that you allow us access to your home to carry out any safety-critical gas and electricity safety checks / work. If you contact us to report an emergency repair, or to request any other service requiring an urgent visit by a member of our staff, we will ask you some brief questions about your health. Please don’t be offended by these questions, which we will be asking all of our customers before arranging a visit to your home. It’s important that everyone works together to reduce the spread of the virus.

Rent payments

If you’re having difficulties paying your rent, or you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent during the current crisis, please contact us for advice – we’re here to help.

Older and vulnerable residents

Using information provided by residents themselves, we have identified a number of residents who we thought may appreciate a telephone call from staff. This is just to check that they are managing to cope during the lockdown and to see whether there is any support we’re able to provide or arrange. These calls are being made over the next week or so. However, if you are struggling with anything and you think we may be able to help, or you just need to hear a friendly voice, please do get in touch with us. Our staff will happily try to help or should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. We would also please ask you to keep an eye out for your neighbours during this difficult time, particularly older or vulnerable people. Should you have any concerns about their welfare, please let us know and we will try to contact them or alert other agencies to try to help.

Further information

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will provide any further service updates on this page, so please check back regularly. All the latest information, advice and facts about the Coronavirus are available on the gov.uk website .

Updated 4 May 2020

New websites launched to help jobseekers

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many parts of the labour market, with some sectors reducing in size and others expanding rapidly. To help jobseekers find work in new areas and employers tap into new labour markets, the Government has launched jobhelp. This offers labour market information for people looking for work now.

Updated 29 April 2020

Do you want to learn a new skill while you are at home? You can find free, high quality digital and numeracy courses in The Skills Toolkit. The resources are aimed to suit a range of interests and different skill levels. For further information, click on the following link – https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/

Updated 21 April 2020

A new mental health helpline has been launched to take pressure off 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier to get the right advice. Adults should call 01865 904997, children and young people should call 01865 904998.

More information can be found here – https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/24-7-mental-health-helpline-replaces-111-in-oxfordshire-and-buckinghamshire/

Updated 14 April 2020

Thames Valley Police has issued advice for those who may be at increased risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. Please follow this link .

Updated 6 April 2020

Please find links below to useful information issued on Coronavirus by the two local authorities covering our areas of operation:

The new unitary authority for Buckinghamshire – https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Slough Borough Council – https://www.slough.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus.aspx

If you are confined to your home, the following links can help you find volunteer groups and other services in your local area that can provide help and support:

 https://directory.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/

 https://www.slough.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/coronavirus-community-help.aspx

 Updated 31 March 2020

The government has released new guidance providing advice to landlords and tenants on the provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020, and further advice for landlords, tenants and local authorities more broadly about their rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Updated 24 March 2020

In light of the current crisis around the Coronavirus pandemic and, in response to Government advice and guidelines, we want to make you aware of some changes we’re making to the way we work and to the services we provide to you, our customers.

The well-being, health and safety of all customers, contractors and staff is our first priority. However, we also want to ensure that our essential services to customers continue as normally as they possibly can at this difficult time.

We’re making some changes to limit the spread of the virus, the most significant of which is that we will, for the time being, only be responding to emergency repair requests. This is so that our staff and contractors can concentrate on responding to the most urgent repairs and so that, in order to protect everyone, fewer home visits need to be made. We are also suspending all non-urgent home visits by our staff.

We would ask that, during the current crisis, you only report emergency repairs. Please make a note of any non-emergency repairs you want to report for when the situation improves. This will free up our staff to deal with other, more urgent priorities.

If you’re having difficulties paying your rent or you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent during the current crisis, please contact us for advice – we’re here to help.

The Government’s health advice is that, if you live alone and have symptoms of the virus (a high temperature or a new continuous cough), however mild, you must stay at home and away from other people for 7 days from the day your symptoms first appear. If you live with others, and you or one of them have these symptoms, then all household members must stay at home for 14 days. This advice is in addition to the most recent Government order to stay at home except in very specific circumstances.

If you or a member of your household is showing any symptoms and is self-isolating, or if you or anyone in your household has been confirmed as having Covid-19, please make us aware on 01494 480340 so that we don’t put you, our staff or our contractors at risk.

We also understand the heightened concern you will have about people coming into your home and we are therefore cancelling all non-emergency repairs orders that have already been issued. We will notify you if this affects you. It is, however, very important that you allow us access to your home to carry out any safety-critical gas and electricity safety checks/work.

If you contact us to report an emergency repair or to request any other service requiring an urgent visit by a member of our staff, we will ask you some brief questions about your health. Please don’t be offended by these questions, which we will be asking ALL of our customers before arranging a visit to your home. It’s important that everyone works together to reduce the spread of the virus.

In line with the latest Government advice, we’ve made arrangements for all our staff to work from home and to avoid all non-essential, personal contact with customers by using email or telephone instead. Our office is now closed to customers and to members of the public. Please contact us by email (info@bucksha.co.uk) or telephone (01494 480340). We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will provide any further service updates on this page, so please check back regularly. All the latest information, advice and facts about the Coronavirus are available on the gov.uk website .

Finally, whilst observing the Government’s latest order to stay at home, we would also please ask you to keep an eye out for your neighbours during this difficult time, particularly the elderly or vulnerable. Should you have any concerns about their welfare, please let us know and we will try to contact them or alert other agencies to try to help.

The situation is clearly changing very rapidly, so we’ll keep in touch and continue to review the service levels we’re able to offer on a daily basis. Please rest assured that we’ll do as much as we can to minimise the impact on our services to customers but please bear with us whilst we all adjust to a different way of working over the coming weeks and months.

Thank You.

Coronavirus – Advice to Customers2020-09-03T08:47:50+01:00

Next Residents’ Panel Meeting

The date of the next Residents’ Panel meeting is Thursday 27 August 2020 at 10.30am.  Due to Covid-19, our offices remain closed and this meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom.

At the meeting we will be discussing:

  • New customer service standards
  • Our recent performance in areas like repairs and rent collection
  • Your experience of our new repairs contractor MCP

All residents are welcome to attend Panel meetings.  Please do let us know in advance if you are interested to attend and we will send you more details and a Zoom invitation.

For further information, please contact Mags Lord on 01494 480340 or info@bucksha.co.uk

Next Residents’ Panel Meeting2020-07-15T10:46:40+01:00

Results are in from our Residents’ Survey

Towards the end of last year we asked an independent market research company, Acuity, to undertake a Residents Satisfaction Survey on our behalf. 158 tenants took part (a 34% response rate), either by completing an on-line form or via a postal survey.

We were delighted to hear that:

  • 89% of tenants are happy with the overall services they receive
  • 95% of tenants feel safe and secure in their home
  • 96% feel our staff are friendly and approachable
  • 85% are satisfied with the overall customer experience
  • 83% are satisfied with the quality of their home
  • 83% are satisfied with the repairs and maintenance service
  • 89% are happy with the value for money of the rent
  • 89% feel they are kept informed by the Association.

Of course, not all tenants responded so positively and many made comments about how the services we provide could be improved.  Many of these comments concerned our repairs and maintenance service and customer service / customer communication.  We are working through this information currently and considering how best we can improve these areas.

A summary of the findings will be sent to all tenants and a copy is available to download below.

Results are in from our Residents’ Survey2020-02-28T17:38:00+00:00

Next Residents’ Panel meeting

Our next Residents’ Panel meeting is at 10.30am on Thursday 20 February 2020 at our Stokenchurch office – Unit 4, Stokenchurch Business Park, Ibstone Road, Stokenchurch, HP14 3FE.

Amongst other items, we will be discussing the findings from our recent Residents’ Satisfaction Survey and our most recent performance figures.

All residents are welcome to attend Panel meetings. Please do let us know if you are interested to attend and we will send you more details.

For further information, please contact 01494 480340 or info@bucksha.co.uk

Next Residents’ Panel meeting2020-02-28T17:12:04+00:00

Our Christmas & New Year opening times

Please note that our office will be closed from 12.30pm on Tuesday 24 December until 8.30am on Thursday 2 January 2020.

If you have an emergency repair during this period, please call the out of hours phone number: 07900 916874, and you will be directed to one of our emergency contractors.  You should only use this number to report a genuine emergency repair:

  • serious flooding
  • total electrical failure
  • loss of mains water
  • property no longer secure and/or water tight
  • a health and safety risk
  • no heating / hot water (between 1 Oct – 31 March).

Please note, you may be recharged if you call out a contractor and it is found not to be a genuine emergency.

If you smell gas, this should be reported immediately to the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

Non-emergency repairs over this period may be reported by email to maintenance@bucksha.co.uk or via our web site www.buckshousing.co.uk and staff will attend to these once the office has reopened.

If you are away over Christmas / New Year, please remember to leave your heating on low in case of a drop in temperature and the risk of frozen or burst pipes.

Our Christmas & New Year opening times2019-12-03T15:48:57+00:00
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