regularly with housing minister Lord Falconer to air their views
and influence housing policy.
London conference attended by social sector landlords and tenants
today, Lord Falconer, said this would be an ideal opportunity for
tenants to make their voices heard.
'This is a chance for me to hear from local communities about what is
happening on the ground, particularly the issues and problems we need
to reflect in developing and implementing our policies.
'I am already in regular contact with tenants working with national
organisations but this is a chance for new voices to be heard. The
sounding board is about bringing in new people who want to learn and
share views with tenants across social housing.'
The sounding board will meet three times a year to discuss the key
housing issues affecting tenants and their communities.
Recruitment for six council tenants, four housing association tenants
and one tenant from an arms length management organisation was
launched at the conference.
Lord Falconer also launched new guidance on using tenant
participation compacts to resolve disputes between council landlords
and tenants and announced a review of the National Framework for
Tenant Participation Compacts.
'We want to see dispute resolution techniques being used widely to
help prevent disagreements arising in future. Dealing with disputes
in a formal way works, saves worry and distress and is best for
Announcing the review of the National Framework for Tenant
Participation Compacts the minister said it was important to ensure
the Compacts provided a valuable and effective service to tenants.
1. The sounding board will be comprised of a dozen tenants to
brainstorm a particular topic. At the end of the meetings Lord
Falconer will join the meeting so that tenants can feed back their
findings to the minister and raise issues and concerns.
2. Tenants' Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) have been appointed
to recruit and manage the sounding board and to facilitate the
meetings. TPAS will mail out to tenants groups, as well as national
tenant and other bodies and networks, and advertise on the DTLR and
TPAS websites. Closing date for applications to be received by TPAS
is 7 June.
3. The guidance note on using tenant Participation Compacts to
resolve disputes between council landlords and tenant groups will be
sent out to all councils, national tenant and other bodies and
published on the DTLR website .