Eligibility for Accommodation and the Community Energy Scheme

Karen Carlin made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,
Can you confirm that it is now necessary to agree to joining the Community Energy Scheme in order to be considered for a Stoke on Trent City Council Tenancy? If so, from what date did this become the case?

Yours faithfully,

Karen Carlin

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Carlin

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85602

 

Thank you for your request for information about if it is necessary to
agree to joining the Community Energy Scheme in order to be considered for
a Stoke on Trent City Council Tenancy.  Your request was received by the
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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Carlin

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85602 about whether or not it is
necessary to agree to joining the Community Energy Scheme in order to be
considered for a Stoke-on-Trent City Council Tenancy

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
attached below.

 

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Request: Can you confirm that it is now necessary to agree to joining the
Community Energy Scheme in order to be considered for a Stoke-on-Trent
City Council Tenancy?  If so, from what date did this become the case?

Response: The Council, through its partnership with Solarplicity, is
currently installing solar panels on all of its properties where they can
be suitably provided when they become vacant.  It is also the case that
existing tenants have the option to join the scheme and, where they chose
to do so, the properties they live in will have panels installed which
will remain in situ if the property becomes empty.

 

Over 4,000 Council owned homes have already had panels fitted.

 

Once installed solar panels are considered to be part of the standard
fixtures and fittings of a property.  Where people do not wish to
participate in the scheme at the point of being offered an empty/void
property with panels fitted/planned to be fitted we will seek to identify
a property that is not capable of having panels fitted.

 

It is not therefore a requirement to join the Community Energy Scheme in
order to be considered for a Stoke on Trent City Council tenancy, however,
where tenants choose to accept a property where panels are already fitted
or will be fitted as part of the void works they will be expected to join
the scheme.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

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|Dear Stoke on Trent City Council, |
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|Can you confirm that it is now necessary to agree to joining the |
|Community Energy Scheme in order to be considered for a Stoke on Trent |
|City Council Tenancy?  If so, from what date did this become the case? |
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|Yours faithfully, |
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|Karen Carlin |
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Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [6]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [7]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [8]App Store and on
[9]Google Play

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4. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
5. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
6. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
7. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
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9. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...