Important coronavirus (Covid-19) information for our customers
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, we will work with customers, colleagues and stakeholders to limit the potential for transmission.
As we enter the next stages, our focus on safety will not be compromised. We are working to resume the full range of services we provide to customers in a phased way. You can find what you can expect from us during the next stages of coronavirus here.
View a statement from our Chief Executive, Bill Fullen, here.
Update: Friday, 18 September 2020
Director of Transformation and Culture at believe housing, Julie Brayson, said: “We share the concern regionally about the increasing cases of coronavirus and would urge our customers to read the latest guidance introduced in most of the north east. Safety of our customers and staff remains our number one priority.
“The latest changes do not significantly impact the services that we deliver at this stage. Guidance on the importance of gas safety checks or access to properties for repairs, for example, have not been altered. We’ll continue to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken, but we’re asking customers to work with us to ensure that this vital work can still be carried out safely and efficiently.
“At the same time, we’ll continue to improve access to digital services like our customer app and home viewings by video call, to minimise the need for face to face contact where we can.”
For the latest information on guidance in your area, visit your local authority website:
County Durham: http://durham.gov.uk/localrestrictions
We will continue to closely monitor government guidance. As new information about coronavirus becomes available, we’ll continue to update this page, so please and keep checking back.
What is the National Housing Federation Coronavirus statement?
The National Housing Federation represents housing associations like believe housing in England and has issued a statement to say that no one should lose their home because of coronavirus.
We recognise that these are unprecedented and worrying times for everyone and doing the right thing for our customers remains our priority here at believe housing.
In response to the National Housing Federation statement, Chief Executive of believe housing, Bill Fullen, said: “We wholeheartedly support the National Housing Federation’s stance on ensuring nobody loses their home during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’re here to help anyone who is having difficulty with rent payments as a result of the current situation. We’re also closely monitoring the situation nationally and will look at any opportunities to help our customers through what looks set to be very challenging times.”
If you find that you are struggling to pay your rent or any other charges, please contact us as soon as possible. Our dedicated Customer Service Team and Money Matters Team are here to help. You can contact us on 0300 1311 999, by email firstname.lastname@example.org , using the customer app, or through our online form.
You can read the full National Housing Federation coronavirus statement here.
What measures are believe housing taking?
We are closely following the official government guidance as it is released and have set up a dedicated internal team to react quickly to this and plan and deliver our response.
We have plans in place so that we can continue to deliver our services, this includes providing staff with best practice guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus.
We recognise that these are unprecedented and worrying times for everyone and we want to take the time to answer some of the questions you may have, please read our frequently asked questions about coronavirus page.
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What is coronavirus and Covid-19?
Covid-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Potential symptoms include:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
Clearly these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
The government is expecting that coronavirus cases in the UK could rise significantly and has reminded everybody of the importance of washing our hands and following good hygiene measures.
If you need to cough or sneeze ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ is still the best way to help to prevent the spread of diseases.
Where can I find more information about coronavirus and Covid-19?
There is lots of information currently available about coronavirus and Covid-19. We would recommend visiting the official government website, NHS.uk and Public Heath England for all the latest accurate advice and information.
As new information about coronavirus becomes available we’ll continue to update this page, so please and keep checking back. This page was last updated on Wednesday, 29 July.