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Working with Local Authorities

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The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) of charities and social enterprises is the only link between minimising bulky waste arisings and relieving social and financial hardship in your local community. In helping local authorities to achieve local recycling and re-use objectives, we can support your Social Fund/Local Discretionary Grants Scheme responsibilities too. From April 2013, local authorities will take on the responsibility from the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP,) for allocating discretionary grants (formerly Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants), but with a much-reduced budget. This will include the allocation of payment, e.g. vouchers, for the purchase of essential furniture and household goods. By working with the FRN network, we will make this budget stretch further. Contact….

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Why work with the FRN?

We have over 300 member organisations across the UK that exist to alleviate the material poverty of low income households. We help people in crisis.

We achieve this is by re-using unwanted household goods and passing on to people and families in need. Annually, our network diverts over 100,000 tonnes of bulky waste from landfill and Energy from Waste. We help nearly 1 million low income households.

We save local authority spending on waste disposal and welfare services

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Directive

FRN has over 60 members that are Approved Re-use Centres who are quality assured and certified to our “fit for reuse” electrical equipment reuse and repair standards. This standard of EEE and WEEE reuse is based on the experience and knowledge of engineers and reuse operators from the reuse sector, plus manufacturers, waste operators, retailers and consumer groups. This provides local authorities with greater assurance about meeting your legal obligations. The purpose of our work is to minimise the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment going to waste and to help the Government encourage the re-use of WEEE as promoted in the Regulations and assure consumers that used equipment has been tested, is prepared and safe to use, is functional and is backed by warranty.

The DWP’s Recommendation

In the Government’s response to the call for evidence – Local Support to Replace Community Care Grants (CCG) and Crisis Loans for Living Expenses in England (June 2011) - the FRN and our members were cited as potential third party partners with whom local authorities should work. We work with vulnerable people who would normally receive CCGs and Crisis Loans.

The review of local services does not necessarily need to be restricted to welfare services. A new service has the potential to tie in other initiatives and targets, such as waste, and minimising the amount of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) going to landfill. FRN can help local authorities in this area too.


FRN’s Quality Management System

FRN employs auditors to assess and certify re-use organisations to our own internal quality management, health and safety and environmental requirements. Our quality assured system fulfils the requirements of our own reuse standards, regulatory compliance and the requirements of other standards such as PAS 141. This provides enormous confidence to the public and private sectors in terms of our professionalism, competence and consistency in providing waste-related service delivery and poverty alleviation in the local community.

Many of our members provide a range of bulky waste and re-use related services for local authorities. Contact FRN to find out how they can help you locally.



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