Latest page update – 5pm on 22 January 2021
Latest government guidance and what to do:
‘Hands. Face. Space.’
- hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
Our number one priority is to keep customers and colleagues safe, whilst continuing to deliver services to our customers. For the current coronavirus guidance and to find out more about the latest restrictions in England visit the www.gov.uk website.
Help us keep you safe
The safety and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues continues to be our number one priority during these difficult times.
In accordance with current government and Health and Safety Executive rules, along with emergency repairs, we must continue to carry out vital safety checks at your home when they become due.
It’s really important that you let us carry out these checks to help us keep you and your family safe. You can find out more in the Help us keep your safe leaflet below.
Please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our customers and operatives is of the utmost importance to us during this difficult time. All operatives are working in line with government guidance on how they should enter and work at a customer’s home – find out more in the Essential visits guidance leaflet below.
We have also set out clear guidance on what you should expect and what you need to do to keep safe when signing up for a new home, which can be found below.
You can also view the video below from our gas contractors Phoenix Gas, which shares safety guidance on visiting a customer’s home to carry out a heating repair or gas safety check.
Although the pandemic is affecting our staffing levels, our emergency repairs service is operating as usual. If you need to report an emergency repair, call 0800 111 4554. Please bear with us as it may take more time for your call to be answered during busy times and outside office hours.
An emergency repair is a problem that represents an immediate risk to safety, security or health, such as:
- No heating or hot water
- Major damage to the structure of your home
- An uncontrollable water leak
- A gas leak or dangerous electrical fault.
- Unsecure front door or window causing a security issue
We are also committed to carrying out non-emergency repairs but our response time for these repairs is currently longer than usual. You can report non-emergency repairs 24/7 online. To allow us to dedicate our resources where they are most needed, please do not call to ask for updates about non-emergency repairs as we will contact you as soon as we have more information.
Your support and patience during this difficult time is really appreciated.
Contacting or visiting our customer services centre
Whilst our reception service remains closed until further notice, our customer service centre (CSC) is now operating as usual. To contact CSC, please call 0800 111 4554.
Did you know, non-urgent, routine repairs can be reported online 24/7?
Talk to us
If you think that your household income might fall and you are worried about how you can manage your bills, don’t let things get on top of you.
Please tell us if you are self-isolating/shielding
If you are self-isolating or have been diagnosed with coronavirus, it’s really important that you let us know by completing our online form below.
Housing Plus Group Covid-19 Grant
In response to the impact of Covid-19, Housing Plus Group in association with Jewson have made funding available to community initiatives supporting people affected by the crisis in our communities in Staffordshire and Shropshire. Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to £2,000.
To find out more, and apply, please visit www.housingplusgroup.co.uk.
Please visit our new frequently asked questions page for all the latest updates on our services during this time.
Support for vulnerable customers
Customers who are extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus due to a clinical diagnosis, should have received a letter from the NHS about shielding from the virus. If you are extremely vulnerable and do not have a family member, friend or neighbour who can deliver food and medicine to you, the advice is to:
- Call the national emergency helpline on 0800 028 8327
- Or complete this online form
If you are staying at home due to Coronavirus symptoms, because you are over 70, have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant and do not have friends, family or neighbours who can help you, your local council may be able to offer you support. You can find out more here or you can call the helpline on 0300 111 8050.
Staying at home for a prolonged period can be really difficult and lonely, so it’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it.
Staying in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media can really help. Taking daily exercise, especially if you can get outside, can also give you a much-needed boost. Please remember that if do venture away from your home you should follow the government guidelines.
There’s a whole range of great information online offering you top tips to help you keep your mind and body healthy. The NSPCC also offer advice on how to talk to a child, if they are worried about coronavirus – find out more here .
Are you worried about a child, friend, family member or neighbour?
If you have concerns about a child or adult, particularly with everything that is happening and the added difficulties we are all facing, please speak up.
Whilst it can often be difficult to identify abuse or neglect, if you are in any doubt, please report it to our our customer service centre on 0800 111 4554.
You can also share your concerns with Stafford Borough Council’s safeguarding team.
Further advice is also available online:
Fire safety advice
With more people working and staying at home the Fire Service is asking everyone to #TakeExtraCare
To access top tips on how you can help to keep your family safe please visit Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s website or follow them on their Facebook page to see regular updates.
If you contact us to request a visit
If you request a repair or other service requiring a visit from our staff, we will ask you some brief questions about your health.
- Do you or anyone in your household have a new and persistent cough or temperature?
- Have you had any contact with any person whom has been diagnosed with coronavirus, or showing symptoms in the last 14 days (Coughing, temperature, shortness of breath)?
- Have you or anyone in your household received any medical advice from the NHS, 111 or any other medical professional to self isolate due to coronavirus symptoms?
- Have you or anyone in your household been tested positive for Coronavirus in the last 14 days?
- Are you self isolating / shielding for any reason?
- Has anybody in your household returned from abroad in the last 14 days?
Please don’t be offended by these questions, which we will be asking ALL customers before we visit their home. We know that you will understand that we need to work together to reduce the spread of infection.
Keeping you informed
We are working to protect our customers and staff and to maintain essential services.
We continue to monitor the daily updates on COVID-19 from the government and the NHS as well as the advice from Public Health England.
We will continue to regularly update this page with any significant changes in services or policies, so please check back to keep up-to-date.
Beware of scams
Sadly, fraudsters and thieves are using the coronavirus pandemic to find new ways to scam people.
Phishing emails and texts are being used to target people and the elderly have been conned out of their money by thieves offering to do their shopping, as they self-isolate. Victims have also lost money purchasing face masks and similar items online that never arrive.
Please be on your guard for possible coronavirus scams and look out for vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may become a target for fraudsters.
If you are the victim of fraud you can report it online to Action Fraud or contact your local police on 101.