Handy help scheme extended by another six months

PUBLISHED: 12:40 03 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 17 March 2016


A handy person scheme will continue in East Devon for another six months after a successful trial.

East Devon District Council’s trial handy person scheme, which was due to end last month, is now being extended until the end of August 2016.

The extension will give the housing service a year’s worth of data to determine whether it is feasible for the council to run this service in the future.

Since it’s launch in September last year, the service has helped elderly and disabled tenants with small jobs around the home.

Feedback from tenants who have used service indicate that the handy person team provides much needed assistance, affording peace of mind, as well as making life easier.

Councillor Pauline Stott, Chairman of East Devon’s Housing Review Board Committee, said: “Everyone is so pleased that their initial idea is proving popular.

“We will do everything we possibly can to find a way to keep the handy person service running after the trial period comes to an end and we are currently looking at various ways we can do this.

“It is clear that there is a huge demand for this service.”

Further information about the Handy Person Scheme is available by ringing 01395 519982 or emailing handyperson@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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