Merger of two home service agencies

A NEW home improvement agency has been created as two neighbouring councils merge their services.

Scarborough Council and Ryedale District Council have launched White Rose Home Improvement Agency to support older, vulnerable and disabled people across the area.

The agency’s work will include adaptations such as stair lifts and ramps, repairs and home safety work, and home visits.

Cllr Bill Chatt, the Scarborough Cabinet Member with responsibility for housing, property maintenance, public health and sustainability said: “The merger is a very positive step forward for the residents of both areas.

“We aim to help safeguard the future of these services which are critical for our older, disabled and vulnerable residents.”

Cllr Linda Cowling, chairman of Ryedale’s Commissioning Board, has also welcomed the initiative. She said: “This move will maintain the excellent performance and value of the service that has been provided by Ryedale District Council while broadening the support that can be provided to local people in housing need.”

Home Improvement Agency manager Lynn Williams, added: “By pooling our resources and expertise in this way we can really add value to all aspects of our work, enabling us to sustain and further develop our services to benefit the residents of both local authority areas.”

The merger has not resulted in any job loses.