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July feature

No barbecues on balconies

After a number of recent fires in other areas of the country, just a reminder that barbecues are not allowed on balconies as they pose a serious fire risk. Read our safety article in this month’s issue for more details, and advice to keep you safe.

Virtual work clubs

If you’ve lost your job, you’re on furlough and unsure of the future, or you need help to find a new role, simply drop in to our virtual work club. The free club takes place once a week on Zoom when our Employment Advisors are online to discuss anything to do with finding a new job or returning to work. You can also ask to speak in private with a member of our team to receive one-to-one confidential support.

You don’t need to have a Zoom account to join the virtual work club, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. Simply click here and enter the password 356055 to join in anytime between 3pm and 5pm each Thursday when employment advisers are online to help.

And if you’re looking for a new job, you can visit our online Jobs Fair on July 29 without leaving home! Connect with local employers, see the latest job vacancies and attend employability workshops. Register with us if you’re interested in attending the virtual jobs fair.

Also, make sure you’re subscribed to our Employment Support and Jobs e-alert to receive information on how to improve your chances of finding work.

Government advice as society reopens

As the Government eases lockdown restrictions, the Minister of State for Housing Christopher Pincher MP has again written to all social housing tenants to outline the support available at this time. His most recent letter includes useful information and guidance around a range of issues affecting council tenants such as repairs and maintenance, what to do if you’re about to move home, Council Tax support, dealing with anti-social behaviour and support for victims of domestic abuse.

Keep up to date with the changing situation and local support available on our dedicated webpages, Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to receive our weekly coronavirus bulletin. If you have any comments or concerns please contact your Local Housing Office.

Feature News

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Advice for leaseholders

If you are a leaseholder, rest assured our Leaseholder team are still working at this time and are available if you need to get in touch.

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Repairs service back up and running

As lockdown restrictions ease, we have started the phased reopening of several housing services, including the repairs service.

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Banishing lockdown loneliness

The pandemic has brought out the best in people, and many council tenants are among the thousands of Southampton residents who have stepped forward to help others through this difficult time.

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Enjoy summer safely

After weeks stuck indoors during the lockdown, it’s lovely to get outdoors and enjoy the warm summer weather now that restrictions are easing. Barbecues are a perfect way to celebrate summer, but before you light up the coals please remember that barbecues are not allowed on balconies as they pose a fire risk.

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Home cleaning tips to help protect against COVID-19

As lockdown restrictions are eased and we can go out and about, it’s more important than ever to keep our homes safe and clean in order to lower the chance of infection from COVID-19. Follow our coronavirus cleaning guide below to help keep your family safe.

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Are you struggling to keep up with your bills?

If you are struggling with debts because of the coronavirus outbreak you may be feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. It's all too tempting to bury your head in the sand and hope those unopened bills will miraculously go away.

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