Fife Council leads the way in reuse furniture

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Fife Council has become the first local authority to trial a change in the way it provides furniture and other household items to Scottish Welfare Fund customers.

Since April 2013, all 32 local authorities in Scotland have provided Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund to people on low incomes who need support to establish or remain in their homes in their communities. Funding for these items is allocated to each local authority from the Scottish Government. Scottish Welfare Fund customers can be provided with the main household essentials such as white goods, a bed, sofa and table and chairs. Traditionally these items have been supplied new, however with the introduction of an alternative option via the newly established Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) Reuse Consortium, Fife Council has become the first local authority to change the way it provides goods to customers.

The Reuse Consortium, created by CRNS, is the first consortium of its kind in Scotland and has been described as ‘transformational’ as it changes the way people in need are given access to furniture. The Reuse Consortium can potentially support 24 of Scotland’s local authorities and is made up of 17 accredited reuse members.

Furniture Plus along with Castle Furniture Project are the two consortium members who will service the Fife Council contract and we have already had some great feedback from one of the clients that we have provided goods for.

“The driver and crew put my items exactly where I asked them to and the sofa I received is very comfy. Absolutely brilliant service!” – Mr Melloy, Crossgates

Furniture Plus is proud to be a part of this new consortium and looks forward to continually providing the same quality service.