Minister urges landlords to incorporate training into repairs initiative
Cashback scheme should help tenants find work
Housing minister Grant Shapps has said that plans to allow social housing tenants to carry out their own repairs are like apprenticeships in the home.
Under the tenant cashback scheme, residents will have the chance to tackle everyday DIY tasks like fixing leaky taps, fitting doors and painting and decorating, and get paid by their landlord to do so.
Now Mr Shapps has said those who sign up for the scheme could also get on the career ladder with the opportunity of basic training programmes to help develop their skills even further.
Today, the minister will meet with councils and housing associations to tell them not to deny their tenants the opportunity for a fulfilling career.
Housing association Home Group, which is piloting the scheme, currently offers some tenants DIY courses at a B&Q training centre to support them in carrying out their own repairs.
Mr Shapps said: ‘Rather than having to wait for landlords to act, tenants should be able to tackle their own DIY dilemmas and get paid for it.
‘Tenant cashback offers just that opportunity, with as much as £500 a year available to residents who sign up to tackle such minor repairs as leaky taps and decorating. And for some, this could even serve as an apprenticeship in the home and the start on a path to a whole new career.’