TPAS Scotland is the national tenant and landlord participation advisory service for Scotland. They promote good practice in tenant participation throughout Scotland and are a national membership organisation for landlords, tenants and other related organisations.
Spire View Housing Association has been awarded TPAS accreditation for a 3 year period which is an excellent achievement for the organisation!
This prestigious award was presented to Spire View Chairperson, Charlie Lunn and Director of Spire View, Fiona Murphy at the TPAS Annual Conference in November 2013.
Another excellent result for Spire View! Well done to everyone!
We are delighted to announce that, courtesy of North Glasgow Community Food Initiative, we now have a “fruit barra” every Thursday morning from 10am – 12 o’clock in our office at 43 Tharsis Street. We are very excited about being able to promote a healthier eating experience for our tenants and residents and the produce is very reasonably priced compared to other stores. So, come along to the office any Thursday between 10.00 – 12.00 and grab yourself some healthy bargains!
Also, if you would like to see the Fruit & Veg van selling fresh fruit and veg on a street near you in Royston, please contact Karen at the Millburn Centre on 0141 552 4011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of Spire View Housing Association's key objectives is to ‘assist with the regeneration of the local community, including wider role activities’.
To read our latest wider role strategy, click here.
Spire View Housing Association joined fellow-members of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) to launch a campaign against Welfare Reform.
The rally at Celtic Park on June 10 marked the beginning of GWSF?s campaign against Welfare Reform including the introduction of Universal Credit and Direct Payment of benefits.
The protest follows the introduction of the ?Bedroom Tax? which means a cut in the amount of housing benefit for tenants classed as having spare bedrooms.
The event was staged to highlight the engagement work local housing associations are doing to ensure the concerns and the voices of their tenants are being heard amidst the welfare debate.
GWSF is the leading membership body for community-controlled housing associations and co-operatives in west central Scotland.
Today, there are nearly 70 community-controlled housing associations and co-operatives working in local communities throughout west central Scotland.
Alan Benson, Director of Milnbank Housing Association who chaired the meeting said: ?The bedroom tax is an unjust tax and is having a crippling impact on some of the most vulnerable people across our community. However it is just the start of a raft of welfare reforms which we believe could destroy decades of successful regeneration policy and empowerment across the community. The rally itself allowed us to join forces with fellow housing associations across Glasgow and the west of Scotland and launch a campaign against these reforms. It is vital that the voice of our tenants is heard amidst the current debate and we will continue to engage with the government and other bodies to ensure the interests of our community are being considered.?
Regulator publishes new guide for tenants and service users
The Scottish Housing Regulator recently published How We Regulate: A guide for tenants and service users. This handy new guide has been written to help you find out more about the work of the Regulator. The guide also explains what you can do if you want to find out more about your landlord, what you can expect from your landlord and how to raise concerns.
Iain Muirhead, Director of Strategy and Communications, said: “We’ve written this new guide to help tenants and other service users find out more about who we are and what we do to protect their interests. We hope that people will find it useful.”
How We Regulate: A guide for tenants and service users is available to download from the Regulator’s website www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk or by clicking here.
If you would like to apply for help with your rent and council tax, please visit Glasgow City Council's website to find out more. You can apply online at GCC’s website, or you can download a form and hand it in to their offices in Charles Street in person. If you require any help completing a housing benefit claim form, we can make you an appointment to see our money advisor. For an appointment, please call 0141 552 7928. Alternatively, you can pop into our offices and one of our housing management team will be able to assist you. Finally, you can take the form to Charles Street and one of the housing benefit team in their office will be happy to help you.
If you are receiving Housing Benefit but are still having difficulty meeting your rent payments, you may be able to get extra help from the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund. This may be the case if you are affected by the so-called Bedroom Tax.
The fund has been made available by the Council with assistance from the Government.
If you wish to be considered for a payment from the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund you must complete a claim form. The form, and guidance on how to complete it, can be found on Glasgow City Council’s website. The completed form should be returned to their offices at Charles Street.
We carried out a tenant survey a while ago and some tenants indicated that they might like to receive documents and information, such as newsletters and letters, in different formats, for instance in larger print.
Are you someone who would benefit from receiving correspondence in a different format, or do you know someone who would? If so, please contact Sue at the office on 0141 552 7928 to discuss your specific requirements.
Examples of different formats could include: