Throughout Scotland, Care & Repair Services offer advice and assistance with housing repairs, adaptations and improvements, so that people’s homes can remain suitable for their needs. The services help disabled people and those over 60 years who are home owners or private tenants. Some services help crofting tenants.
Care & Repair Services are funded by local councils, are provided by a range of different organisations, and the services they provide vary from one council to another. Generally one or more of the following services are provided:
- Advice and information
- Assistance with major repairs & adaptations
- Small repairs services
- Handyperson services
These 4 services are described by the Scottish Executive as the "core" activities of Care & Repair services, and the Executive has developed national standards to which all services should operate as well as guidance on how the services can ensure they meet these standards. (Care & Repair: standards & guidance November 2004)
Examples of the kind of help Care & Repair services provide includes: advice about the type of work that could help, employing tradespeople, and arranging works, obtaining estimates, helping apply for grants and loans, arranging any planning permission, overseeing work being carried out, and inspecting finished works.
The national co-ordinating body for Care & Repair services is the Care & Repair Forum Scotland (