Proposal emerges ahead of the blueprint for the National Tenant Voice
Associations urged to fund tenant groups
The new pan-England tenants’ body could push housing associations into providing financial backing to isolated groups of tenants who are battling to improve their communities.
The news emerged ahead of next week’s launch of the blueprint for the new National Tenant Voice, which will be established this summer.
The isolation of some tenants groups was making it ‘very difficult for them to share their views and best practice,’ said housing consultant Steve Hilditch, independent chair of the project group setting up the NTV.
Mr Hilditch said the organisation would work to get funding to existing local and national groups in order to strengthen tenant participation.
‘It is impossible for the tenant movement to become more representative unless they have more resources,’ he said.
The NTV could provide funding from its own budget, or housing associations could be asked to pay, he added.
‘Tenants would say that these organisations and what they do are based on their rents. A small proportion of that could come back to the tenants’ movement.’
Tenant groups would need to have business plans, targets and be able to demonstrate that they can deliver in order to access money from the NTV, Mr Hilditch said.
‘Some of the people involved in the tenant movement are real heroes – they represent tenants’ interests for nothing and they devote their lives to it,’ he added.
‘The NTV should be about getting resources to these amazing people.’