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Are you self-isolating?13 March 2020

Published 13 March 2020
As the number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to rise, it is essential that if you are contacting us to arrange a visit or a repair, you tell us if you have been advised to self-isolate. We are taking a number of precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and protecting our tenants and our employees and we need to ensure that we are equipped if we need to visit your home in the event of an emergency. If you are self-isolating, please understand that we will not visit your home during the period of isolation unless it is an emergency. This is to prevent the risk of spreading the virus to other, vulnerable tenants across the district. We want to make sure that tenants feel safe and well in their homes so we have put a number of measures in place to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus for you and our employees. For tenants who are not self-isolating, before visiting or entering your home, our employees will ask some short questions to check you aren’t at risk of the virus.  You will be asked: Are you self-isolating? Do you have a fever or symptoms of breathing illness? Have you been in contact with someone who is self-isolating or with a confirmed case of covid-19 (coronavirus)?  These are not intended to be intrusive but, again will prevent the risk of spreading the virus to other, vulnerable tenants. At this stage, we are continuing to carry out services as normal where tenants are not self-isolating or testing positive for the virus. Anyone who has any concerns about coronavirus should contact 111 and notify us if they are advised to self-isolate.
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Beware of the cold callers6 March 2020

Published 6 March 2020
We are aware that recently a high number of phone calls have been made to WDH tenants ‘offering’ loft insulation.

Why are there 53 weeks on my rent statement?28 February 2020

Published 28 February 2020
There are 52 weeks in a normal year, meaning you will pay weekly charges for 48 of these (52 less the four ‘rent free weeks’). However, every five to six years, there are 53 Mondays in a year and 2019/20 is one of those years.  This means that you will pay rent on 49 weeks instead of the usual 48 weeks.  Please note that this has nothing to do with 2020 being a Leap Year. If you need help understanding your rent statement please visit the tenant area of the website where you will find a useful video and guide.
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Support for tenants affected by the Housing Related Support Subsidy payment withdrawal 28 February 2020

Published 28 February 2020
From the 31 March 2020, Wakefield Council will no longer pay a contribution towards the cost of support that tenants living in WDH Independent Living Schemes receive in Extra Care Independent Living Schemes or from a Community Support Worker. We are still able to provide the same level of support to our tenants, however the Housing Related Support Subsidy that Wakefield Council contribute towards their support, will no longer available. You will receive your annual rent information card from 6 April 2020 and this will show you the total you now need to pay for the service. If you are affected by this you can discuss the level of support you currently receive with your Community Support Worker or Extra Care Scheme Manager, who can advise you further and look at options to suit you. Our Cash Wise Team can help if you feel that you need financial support as a result of this change, please visit www.getcashwise.co.uk for more information. If you are worried about being able to afford the additional cost or how this could impact on your ability to remain independent you can contact Social Care Direct and request a Care Needs Assessment.                                                                                                                                                               
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Last chance to attend our career in construction taster sessions19 February 2020

Published 19 February 2020
This year, we are offering taster sessions at Trident Park, Normanton to show what a career in construction involves.

Preparing for Storm Dennis14 February 2020

Published 14 February 2020
In line with the severe weather warning, both the OneCall team and the Landscape Team have already put additional resources in place, both in our Contact Centre and Technical Services team.

WDH Breaking the mould at Wakefield Job Fair13 February 2020

Published 13 February 2020
We have been supporting National Apprenticeship Week with our ‘Break the Mould’ campaign which aims to attract nine new apprentices to the business and show women that they can have a career in the trades.

In 2019 we welcomed six new construction apprentices6 February 2020

Published 6 February 2020
Six new apprentices, aged between 16 and 19, started their journey with us in 2019. We appointed: • three Apprentice Gas Engineers; • two Apprentice Joiners; and • one Apprentice Bricklayer.

A ‘Day in the Life Of’ - WDH Tree Maintenance Officer5 February 2020

Published 5 February 2020
My name is Lee and I am employed as a Tree Maintenance Officer for WDH. My work involves carrying out work to trees on WDH land which can include climbing in to the tree canopy to cut back overgrowth, remove damaged limbs or a full tree removal if the tree has been assessed to be dead, diseased or damaged posing a risk to people or nearby property.

Discover Independent Living from WDH4 February 2020

Published 4 February 2020
Come along to our open day on Saturday 15 February from 10 am to 2 pm at Halberg House in Pontefract and meet our lovely team who can answer any questions you may have.
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