Housing tenants find their voice

HOUSING tenants across the county have a new forum in which to air their views.

Northumberland Tenants’ Voice has been launched by the county council in partnership with housing organisations such as Isos, which covers the former Castle Morpeth area, to share opportunities and ways of dealing with common issues.

Expressions of interest in joining the panel were submitted and the successful people will feed the views, aspirations and priorities of social tenants back to all the housing groups involved.

Council Executive Member for Housing Tom Brechany said: “We want social housing tenants to have as many opportunities as possible to be involved in things that affect them. This panel will be able to consider what current issues are faced by housing providers and how they impact on tenants. It will also act as a mechanism for consulting tenants of the partner organisations, complementing other engagement mechanisms. I am sure that the tenants’ voice group will be a success and fulfilling for those who get involved.”

The panel will meet at least four times a year, with each event hosted by one of the partners. A tenant representing the host organisation will chair the meeting and all activities will be supported by officers from Northumberland County Council.