Housing, South Cambridgeshire

Introduction to South CambridgeshireMap outline for South Cambridgeshire

At the time of the 2011 Census, housing in South Cambridgeshire looked something like this:

  • The population of South Cambridgeshire was 148,755 making up around 59,960 households.
  • Social and affordable rented: 14% of households, or around 8,546 were renting from the council (9%) or a housing association (5%).
  • Private renters: 12% of households (around 7,174) were renting privately from a landlord or letting agent, or were living "rent free".
  • Home ownership: 70% of households, around 42,129, owned their own home including those with a mortgage, owned outright, and including  
     1,258 households in "shared ownership".
Source: SHMA 2013, Chapter 3 Economic & demographic context and Chapter 4 Dwelling profile. Original source was http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/

Quick links


1. Social & affordable housing

Council housing

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) owns and manages council housing in South Cambridgeshire. Here is a useful page of links providing information for council tenants...

 

This page provides information about supported housing - including visiting support and community lifeline services.

 

This page includes a list of supported housing schemes in South Cambridgeshire

 

Other housing providers

Housing associations and other registered providers own and manage social rented and shared ownership homes in South Cambridgeshire. This can be general needs housing, supported housing or housing for older people including sheltered and extra care.

You can find a list of providers who are registered with the Homes and Communities Agency, and their websites here:

 

Helping housing association tenants remain safe & independent at home

Home improvement agencies are local organisations dedicated to helping people of all ages who are vulnerable, have a disability or a limited life expectancy (including older people, babies and children) to live safely and with dignity in their homes.

Services focus on making sure that existing housing is fit for purpose and that vulnerable people can continue to live independently for as long as possible. This page on Cambridgeshire Insight provides some background on home improvement agencies.

Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency (CambsHIA) works across Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire

 


2. Private renters

SCDC's pages on tackling private housing which is in poor condition are found here...

 

This link takes you to SCDC's guide to private renting

 

Helping private renters remain safe & independent at home

Home improvement agencies are local organisations dedicated to helping people of all ages who are vulnerable, have a disability or a limited life expectancy (including older people, babies and children) to live safely and with dignity in their homes.

Services focus on making sure that existing housing is fit for purpose and that vulnerable people can continue to live independently for as long as possible. This page on Cambridgeshire Insight provides some background on home improvement agencies.

Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency (CambsHIA) works across Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire

 

Action on Energy

Action on Energy is a council-led scheme to help Cambridgeshire residents keep homes warm and save money.

 


3. Home owners

Helping home owners remain safe & independent at home

Home improvement agencies are local organisations dedicated to helping people of all ages who are vulnerable, have a disability or a limited life expectancy (including older people, babies and children) to live safely and with dignity in their homes.

Services focus on making sure that existing housing is fit for purpose and that vulnerable people can continue to live independently for as long as possible. This page on Cambridgeshire Insight provides some background on home improvement agencies.

Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency (CambsHIA) works across Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire

 

Action on Energy

Action on Energy is a council-led scheme to help Cambridgeshire residents keep homes warm and save money.

 


4. Other

Housing advice, housing options and homelessness

Local authorities have a duty to advise and assist any resident with a housing problem. If a person is homeless, threatened with homelessness, being harassed or thinks they are being illegally evicted; if they cannot afford housing in a suitable location etc. they can approach the district housing for advice and assistance. The council teams will try to help the customer find a suitable solution.

This link takes you to SCDC's housing advice service page...

 

Benefits

Each district oversees administration of benefit applications and payments. This link provides a first point of access for such issues for South Cambridgeshire residents.

 

However South Cambridgeshire customers are encouraged to get help using the "contact us" facility - see

 

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

The CAB is a charity that gives free, confidential information and advice to help people with their money, legal, consumer and other problems. The service aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face, and to improve the policies and principles that affect people's lives. Trained advisers help write letters, make phone calls, negotiate with creditors and represent clients at tribunals and courts. South Cambridgeshire is part of the area covered by Cambridge CAB. You can find their website here:

 

Need to move? Home-Link

Home-Link is a system to help people choose the social housing they'd like to live in, rather than being ‘allocated’ a home by the local authority. It's known as a “choice-based lettings” system which seven local councils use to let newly built social and affordable housing, and to let homes which become empty because the previous tenant has moved out.

Home-Link helps

  • council tenants who need to transfer from one property to another if their needs change - for example they might need a smaller home, a larger home, need to move for work or need specialist housing.
  • private renters and home owners who need social or affordable housing, and qualify for it (there is an application process).

You can apply to Home-Link on-line. You need to be registered to have the chance to bid.

Home-Link covers seven districts, while Peterborough has a similar but separate system. Please visit this page for more general background on Home-Link.

 

Need to move? Help to Buy

If a person wants to buy a home but can’t afford the open market, Help to Buy could provide a first step onto the property ladder. There are a number of Help to Buy products designed to make buying a home more affordable, for example buying a home using one of the home ownership options; or renting a home at less than the market rent allowing you to save for a future deposit. There are qualifying criteria but Help to Buy will help all potential customers including testing the affordability of the various products. Please visit this page for more background on Help to Buy.

This link takes you to the Help to Buy website

 

Floating support for 18 to 64 year olds

This service is provided by Centra Care & Support in South Cambridgeshire.

Floating support helps people live independently and sustain their tenancies through a range of support,  for example advising on how to manage money, liaising with landlords and helping develop new social networks.

 

Mental health community support

Provided by Riverside, Cambridge Mental Health Community Support provides support for people aged 18 or over with mental health issues who need help to maintain their accommodation and who are not already supported by NHS mental health services.

Riverside helps people issues such as depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar and personality disorder.

The service is available to Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire.

You can access this support service by referral from a range of agencies - please follow the link to find out more...

 

Cambridgeshire Handyperson Service

The Handyperson Service is for people aged over 65 years, or those with a disability living in Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire. It is run by Age UK.

The service aims to prevent falls and accidents by offering a free personal assessment, home safety check and arranging small jobs to be carried out. Click here to find out more...

 

First Response mental health service

The First Response Service went live in September 2016. It's a new health service run by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. First Response graphic

People living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including Cambridge, Huntingdon, Wisbech and surrounding areas can access a new mental health team by dialling 111. By choosing ‘option 2’ you will be put through to the First Response Service.

Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss your mental health care needs – instead of having to go to accident and emergency.

The service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides support, advice and treatment.

It doesn’t matter whether you are currently in contact with mental health services or have done in the past. Individuals, carers, family members and friends can use the service. The number to call to get in touch with the team is 111, then press option 2, you will then get through to a tele-coach.

This link provides some more information on the new service...

 


5. Contacting the council

South Cambridgeshire District Council's website

 

Link to SCDC's on-line "contact us" form

 

Map and address of council office

 


Ideas, suggestions, questions?

If you have feedback about the Guide, suggestions to improve it or questions about it, please contact Sue Beecroft, housing co-ordinator for CRHB, who you can email at sue.beecroft@cambridge.gov.uk or call on 07715 200 730. If your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message and Sue will call you back as soon as possible.

Thank you!