Does anyone no anything about the system now where as if you need a repair to a council house gate or fence you have to find the money to pay for a private repair?
My mum who is 80 has just found this out, her gate which is now wedged open due to the damp winter weather is a security risk to the back of the property, but the fact that she doesn't have any money to afford a joiner seems of no importance to anyone.
Does anyone know of any organisation that can offer her assistance?
Not good news for you Jill. If the fence and/or gate was provided by the council then they have a duty to repair it. If it was out there by a tenant (even if it was one before your mum) then it is up to the tenant to reoair it unfortunately. I dont know off hand of anyone who can help but I do know there are people. If your mum is disabled she could try contacting social services. If I can find anything out for you I will post it. Good luck.
Anything like this it's simplest to contact your local councillor. Have a look at the SCC website for the name, and home phone number, of your councillor. If they are any good they will have surgery times posted there too.