Dear TRA Chair,
It has come to my attention that some TRAs have been considering applying for funding in order to purchase face masks and/or face covers, in order to take full – but safe – advantage of the recent (slight) relaxation in lockdown measures. Our colleagues in Public Health have issued the following message to us, which I am forwarding to you just in case your TRA is contemplating taking such a step:
- Face masks should be used by front line health and care workers, or others carrying out essential works and coming within 2 metres of an individual, or who need to protect themselves from usual occupational hazards. The Government has urged the public not to buy medical-grade masks so as to ensure there is sufficient stock for these workers.
- Face coverings can be made at home using a cloth, scarf, or bandana that ties behind the head. On Sunday, the Government suggested the public consider making their own face coverings to be worn in enclosed public spaces, e.g. on public transport or in shops, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Government has advised that face coverings do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, or in workplaces such as offices and retail. They should also not be worn by anyone who may find them difficult to wear, e.g. small children and those who have problems breathing when wearing a face covering.
- Importantly, face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and they are really aimed at preventing the person wearing the covering from unknowingly passing on the virus, rather than protecting themselves from other people. To protect yourself, the advice remains to follow social distancing measures and isolation guidance, and to regularly wash hands. Any residents who are shielding are advised to continue to do so until at least the end of June
John McCormack, BSc. (Hons.); MA; Cert. Ed.; PhD (London)
Tenant and Home Owner Involvement Team Leader| Communities Directorate | Housing and Modernisation Department
Southwark Council | 160 Tooley Street | London | SE1 2QH
Tel: 0207 525 7544
Mob.: 07908 795167
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Round 2 of the Democracy Fund is now open for applications. The fund is part of the council’s Empowering Communities Programme for Southwark, which makes it easier for residents to discuss and get involved with the issues that directly affect them.
We are encouraging applications from people who may want to apply for funding to hold a one-off meeting in their community. The funding can be used for things like venue hire, equipment hire, publicity and invitations and refreshments.
A total of £20,000 per year is available to be shared between groups across the borough who want to hold meetings or events on issues specific to their local neighbourhood.
During the first year of the fund, there are two application periods with £10,000 available in each round. The first round happened in October 2019 and a list of the successful projects (pdf format) can be found here: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/assets/attach/11449/Democracy-Fund-1920-Round-1-Successful-Awards-Table.pdf
The closing date for the second round is Monday 3 February 2020.
To find out more information about the Democracy Fund, please visit: www.southwark.gov.uk/democracyfund
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Empowering Communities Programme Officer | South Area
Communities Division| Housing & Modernisation Department
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I attach a set of slides of the current resident involvement proposals that the council has been consulting on over the past 6 months and is currently in the process of discussing with representatives of Tenants Council, Homeowners Council and the TMO Committee . The aim of the review was to improve the way that the council engages and consults with tenants and homeowners and find ways of ensuring that more people can have their say on their homes and neighbourhoods.
The consultation had over 1,100 responses and the current proposals reflect what people told us through the extensive and wide reaching consultation process, aiming to ensure that:
- Everyone living in a council home has the opportunity to participate, with more choice of how and when they can get involved.
- We direct more resources and support to the grass roots including through Tenants and Residents Associations, so tenants and residents have the support they need to improve their local estates and communities, strengthening and improving our support for TRAs and continuing our support for Tenant Management Organisations.
- All residents living in council homes not covered by a TRA can participate (as well as working with tenants and residents to increase the coverage of TRAs where this is what residents want).
- We retain elected representation of tenants and homeowners in the formal consultation structures so that tenants and homeowners chose their representatives.
- We maintain five local housing forums (keeping them separate from the wider Ward Forums) to focus solely on housing issues in each area.
- We maintain Southwark wide consultation forums for tenants and for homeowners to focus on issues that matter to tenants or homeowners, alongside a joint forum to consider the issues that tenants and homeowners have in common.
- Residents continue to set the agendas for the housing forums so that they focus on the issues that matter to them, with forums chaired by residents and open to all tenants and homeowners in each area of the borough.
- Decisions on funding for resident participation are based on what tenants and resident homeowners say they want.
- We hold an annual Southwark Tenants and Residents Conference and an annual Homeowners conference open to all who want to attend to discuss housing issues in Southwark.
- We use digital engagement as an additional way to get more people involved including an online panel of residents to give us their views alongside other forms of consultation.
- We strengthen the link between tenants & residents and the council’s Housing Scrutiny Commission to enhance resident input to the scrutiny of housing services in Southwark.
- We retain funding for independent support and advice for tenants and homeowners who need it.
In terms of next steps the intention is that we take a report to cabinet in February 2020 that sets out the proposed changes alongside an implementation plan and that we review these new arrangements after the first year to assess their effectiveness and whether any adjustments might be needed, with a report back to Cabinet by June 2021 on this review.
I know that all of your Area Forums are meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss the housing revenue account budget and would welcome any comments that you may have from discussions at those meetings on our proposals.
Cllr Kieron Williams
Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation