CLG and national tenant organisations will select voice committee
Government will help to pick national tenant representatives
The government will have a direct say in who controls the new body being created to give tenants a stronger voice, under proposals seen by Inside Housing.
The move has prompted concern from some tenants who believe that the decision should be left solely to tenants and residents.
Under current plans the Communities and Local Government department would help pick the members of an accountability committee for the National Tenant Voice. Members of existing national tenant organisations would also have a say in decisions.
The accountability committee will then help choose who makes it on to a 50-strong council of tenants and a 15-strong executive group – from nominations that will be open to all.
The information emerged in an unpublished copy of the NTV’s set-up plan.
The council would be made up of 26 independent tenants, nine representatives from existing regional groups, 12 from national bodies such as the Tenants’ and Residents’ Organisations of England, and three from the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (England), the report states.
But tenant John Conroy, a member of the project group, called for full elections and said the national tenant organisations were ‘closing the door’ to ordinary tenants.
‘If the National Tenant Voice is going to be set up not with free-thinking people but by people selected by non-tenants, it isn’t a true tenants’ voice,’ he said.
Phil Morgan, chief executive of TPAS, said: ‘We would like to see the majority of the people coming into the council from an open recruitment process. We believe it is very important.’
The document states the NTV’s main activities will be advocacy, research into tenant issues, communication and support for the tenant movement.
The NTV should commission independent research on strengthening the tenant movement nationally and regionally, and consider representing private tenants as well, it adds.