Leicestershire Council unveils DIY service

Older residents of Leicestershire have a new service to help them perform simple home improvements.

The council, in conjunction with Mears Home Improvement Services, has unveiled a handyman phone line for elderly, infirm or disabled people.

Simple repairs, such as those to doors, windows, ceilings, plumbing and handrails are offered.

Organisers hope this will ensure that vulnerable members of society can keep their independence.

“It takes the risk out of hiring a tradesman you don’t know,” said David Sprason, cabinet member for adults and communities.

Crimestoppers have pointed out that this demographic is particularly at risk of being targeted by distraction burglars, with the average age of the victims of such crimes being 81.

Branch manager of Mears Fiona Clarke stated that the service is available all across the county for smaller jobs, with a “friendly team” happy to discuss problems with residents.

People claiming means-tested benefits only have to pay for materials. Other customers will be charged an hourly rate of £18.56 plus VAT.

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