Information on Housing and Homelessness
This Chapter focuses upon: Housing/homelessness advice services, housing repairs and benefits/grants available
The information in this chapter was last check on: 29th Jan 2018
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Information that can be found in this chapter:
- Local Housing advice services
- Housing and Homelessness support services
- Benefits and Grants
1. Local Housing and Homelessness advice services
The Council has a legal duty to ensure that vulnerable people are housed in accommodation that will provide a safe and secure environment. This is usually in the form of social housing. Accommodation is provided using a points system, and physical, sensory or learning impairment, mental health issues or health conditions may give extra points.
Merton Housing Register – Joining the Register
Download application form here: http://www.merton.gov.uk/cbl_nov08.pdf
Post or deliver application form to: Merton Link, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
Most people on the Housing Register can bid for properties on the Home Connections website, Merton’s 'choice-based lettings' system. Social housing in Merton is provided by housing associations, and Merton Council does not own any council housing.
Homeless or Threatened with Homelessness
If you are Homeless or Threatened with Homelessness, you should contact Merton Council as soon as possible. You are "threatened with homelessness" if you are likely to become homeless within 28 days.
You will need to visit: Merton Link, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. Our opening times are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm.
Where you will wait and meet with the Housing Options Adviser. Make sure you bring along any relevant documentation.
If you are made homeless out of hours
If you are made homeless outside our normal office hours you must contact Merton’s Out of Hours service by telephoning 020 8770 5000 who will be able to put you in contact with the night duty social workers. They will carry out an initial assessment of your housing needs and, where appropriate, place you into emergency accommodation. You will need to contact us the next working day so that a full assessment of your housing needs can be made.
You can appeal if you are not satisfied with the assistance offered by the council. Ask for an appeal form from Residential Services or the Civic Centre.
2. Housing and Homelessness support services
Shelter General Advice:
Telephone: 0808 800 4444
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.
A website giving information on advice services, day centres and hostels.
Rough Sleepers’ Hotline
Telephone: 020 8404 1481
Benefits, Grants and Support
Housing Benefit is a means-tested benefit which is paid to people who pay rent for their home.
Download the application form from here: http://www.merton.gov.uk/advice-benefits/benefits/hb-ctb/benefitforms.htm
Telephone: 020 8274 4903 between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Winter Fuel Payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment to help you pay for heating during the winter. Anyone born on or before 5 January 1953 can get it, if you live in the UK or another eligible country.
Find out more about the Winter Fuel Payment https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/what-youll-get
Winter Fuel Payment Centre, Mail Handling Site A, Wolverhampton, WV98 1LR
Telephone: 03459 15 15 15
Textphone: 0345 606 0285
Cold Weather Payments
Cold Weather Payments are one-off payments to help you pay for extra heating costs when it’s very cold.
You’ll get a payment each time the temperature drops below a specific temperature for a set period of time.
You’ll only be eligible if you already get:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
Find out more about Cold Weather Payments: https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment/further-information
You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You might be able to get £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme if you’re either:
- getting the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit
- on a low income
The scheme is run by certain energy companies. Check with your supplier to see if they run the scheme.
Find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme
Warm Home Discount Team, Pink Zone, 1st Floor, Peel Park, and Brunel Way, Blackpool, FY4 5ES
Telephone: 0345 603 9439
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Grants to help pay off your energy debts
If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant from a charitable trust to help pay it off.
The following energy companies offer grants and schemes that are open to anyone - you don't have to be a customer:
There are also companies who offer grants specifically for their customers:
- npower Energy Fund
- Scottish Power Hardship Fund
- Ovo Energy Fund
- SSE (Southern Electric) Priority Assistance Fund - check if you're eligible by calling 0800 072 8616
The organisation Auriga Services has a list of grants and schemes from energy and water companies across the UK .
When you apply for a grant, you'll have to provide detailed information about your financial situation in your application. It could take a while to complete, and it might be worth getting help applying.
Before you apply
Charitable trusts like you to show that you have received debt advice before you apply. Debt advice can help you manage your debts and increase your chances of making a successful application.
Energy Saving Advice Service
Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturday, 10am to 2pm
Calls to this number can cost up to 9p a minute from a landline, or between 8p and 40p a minute from a mobile (your phone supplier can tell you how much you’ll pay).
The Home Heat Helpline
The Home Heat Helpline also gives free, impartial advice to people on low incomes who are worried about their energy costs and staying warm during winter.
Telephone: 0800 33 66 99
Recycling and Waste Disposal
Reuse & Recycling Centres
Merton: 63-69 Amenity Way off Garth Road Morden, SM4 4AX
Telephone: 020 8274 4902
Sutton: Kimpton Park Way (off Oldfields Road, A217), Sutton, SM3 9QH
Safety and Security at Home
Register your personal belongings
You can register your valuable possessions for free. This website helps police identify owners of lost or stolen property.
MASCOT Telecare and Community Support Services provide a range of initiatives enabling people to remain at home with independence and security. Offering carelines and telecare services to vulnerable people and those with a disability, MASCOT prevents unnecessary admissions to hospital and residential care.
Telephone: 020 8274 5940