Tenants get stronger say on housing issues

A NEW forum has been set up to give tenants in Northumberland a stronger say on housing services.

The Northumberland Tenants Voice is the first of its kind in the country and for the first time brings together tenants from across the county.

Its aim is to enable greater joint working to achieve better teamwork between member organisations, including Northumberland County Council and its arms-length management organisation Homes for Northumberland, Isos (formerly Milecastle and Castle Morpeth Housing), Bernicia (formerly Wansbeck Homes) and Four Group (Berwick Borough Housing).

The new panel will share best practice and provide value for money in training and tenant involvement.

One of its key objectives is to give Northumberland tenants and residents the opportunity to comment and contribute to emerging housing policies.

A group of tenants from the representative organisations have already come together to form a steering group to provide input from the early development of the panel.

Council Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Regeneration Tom Brechany said: “Northumberland has a long tradition of tenant involvement and partnership working informally.

“This is the first time tenants from different housing providers have come together to make their views and aspirations known.

“I would like to thank the steering group for all their work so far.”

The group will meet four times a year to discuss issues that affect tenants and will be supported by housing services staff. All travel and expenses of participants will be paid.