Our assisted decorating scheme is now open for applications. You may be eligible if you are over the age of 70 or have a disability. See Help with decorating and gardening

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Help with decorating and gardening

We may be able to help with decorating your home and maintaining the garden if you have a disability or are over the age of 70.

Applications are now open for our assisted decoration scheme - but we are not taking applications for our assisted gardening scheme at this time.

You can apply for help if:

  • You receive either housing benefit, disability benefit or universal credit. You will need to attach a copy / photo of your benefit letter, if completing the online form below; and
  • Do not have someone aged between 18 and 60 living with or near you and able to do the work.

Your housing officer or a family member can also nominate you for these schemes.

Priority will be given to customers living in West Oxfordshire as part of our commitments in the transfer of homes to Cottsway in 2001 from West Oxfordshire District Council.  We will however consider applicants from other local authority areas should spaces become available on the scheme.

We try to help as many people as possible, but as these schemes are offered free of charge, spaces are limited and there are some restrictions:

We can help decorate up to two rooms in your home. Please note, if you apply to have your hall stairs and landing decorated, this would be considered as two rooms.

You will not be able to apply if you:

  • have already been helped by the decorating scheme in the last five years
  • are a shared owner or leaseholder
  • have applied for right to buy or acquire your home.

How to apply

You can apply:

Once you have applied

If there is space on the scheme available and we can confirm that you are eligible for assistance, we will:

  1. Book an initial appointment for the decorator to:
    • Come and survey the two rooms to be decorated
    • Show you the paint colours on offer so you can make a choice; or
    • If you would prefer the rooms to be wallpapered, they will confirm if this is possible or not. If it is, you would need to provide the wallpaper.
  2. A second appointment will then made for the decorating to be done.

If the scheme is full, you can reapply from the following April.

Sorry, we're not taking any applications for this scheme at the moment but we'll update this webpage when applications reopen.

We can help you maintain your garden but it must be at a maintainable standard before we can help – ie, not too overgrown to begin with.

If we find that your garden does need additional work, you may need to pay to bring it to the standard required. You will be told about this before any work is done if you are accepted on to the scheme.

You will not be eligible if you:

  • are a shared owner or leaseholder
  • have applied for right to buy or acquire your home.

Once you have applied

We will confirm if you are eligible for assistance and your contact details will be passed to our gardening contractors. They will contact you directly to arrange an inspection of your garden to check if the garden needs any work to be carried out to bring it up to a maintainable standard.

Please note, if work is required there is a one-off clearance charge that you will need to pay to Cottsway. This can be done in either payment or instalments by agreement. We will let you know if this is required once the contractors have inspected your garden.

Once you have been accepted onto the scheme there is no charge for the ongoing service unless your circumstances change.

Which service would you like to apply for: *
Do you receive disability benefit or housing benefit? *

You must provide proof that your received disability or housing benefit. Please attach a photo of your benefit letter.
Do you live with anyone aged 18- 60? *

Are they all in receipt of disability benefit or housing benefit? *

Do you have any relatives living nearby between the ages of 18 and 60 who could help you with this work? *

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