Protection against rogue traders

BLUE CROSS Jamie Roberts and Chris Bell of Lea Croft Property Management with Judith Churley of Age UK.
BLUE CROSS Jamie Roberts and Chris Bell of Lea Croft Property Management with Judith Churley of Age UK.

A property company in Heckmondwike has set up a new service to help protect the elderly and vulnerable against rogue traders.

The Blue Cross Service from Lea Croft Property Management will assist senior citizens with household and domestic repairs.

The scheme has the backing of Age UK locally, which is concerned about the escalating number of elderly and vulnerable people who have either been conned in the past, or who are too afraid to employ a tradesman for fear of being ripped off or treated unfairly.

As part of a special year-long launch initiative, for every job that Blue Cross Service carries out, Age UK will receive a percentage of the fee.

Judith Churley of Age UK said: “The issue of rogue traders taking advantage of vulnerable older people is very serious, and we welcome the endeavours made by Lea Croft Property Management through its Blue Cross Service to tackle it. The fact that their initiative is also raising funds for the local branch of Age UK is fantastic news.”

Lea Croft director Jamie Roberts said “We’ve already had a barrage of enquiries, and subsequent jobs. Every tradesmen on the division’s team has been specially trained so that they are able to communicate the ins and outs of a job and what it entails in a direct and clear manner.

“The price is also set before any work is carried out, and every customer has the opportunity to cancel the work before it starts if they change their mind. All of our team have very clear identities – they even wear a special uniform.

“The service is all about giving senior citizens complete peace of mind and reassurance that the job will be done professionally and will meet all trading standards.”