Are tenants adequately involved in decisions that affect their homes?

London Tenants Federation E-bulletin June 2018

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Are tenants adequately involved in decisions that affect their homes?

London Assembly Housing Committee Post-Grenfell Investigation

Email your comments or evidence to the committee by 29 June

Through discussion with the chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee, Sian Berry AM, it was agreed that LTF would support the committee’s investigation into social housing tenants’ involvement in decision-making about their homes, post-Grenfell, by facilitating a meeting of social housing tenant representatives with the committee.

Since the Grenfell tower fire, last year, LTF has argued that as part of efforts to prevent such a tragedy occurring again, there must be change in policy and practice around participation of tenants in decision-making about their homes – to ensure our voices are properly heard.

For some time, we have seen the gradual loss of democratic and accountable tenant participation processes, including removal of funding from an increasing number of council tenant federations or organisations that bring together elected tenant and resident representatives around borough-wide issues. Instead, consumerist models that were more common in the housing association sector are being gradually adopted across social landlords. Such models include a wide range of panels, forums and mystery shopping, through which tenants (sometimes selected) might engage, but without a remit to couch the views of others, or to feed back to them. Necessarily many tenants lack trust in these processes, resulting in disengagement and ultimately disempowerment.

LTF, alongside other groups that we have contacts with – including Camden Housing Association Tenants Forum, Genesis Residents, London Federation of Housing Co-operatives and Race on the Agenda, presented concerns to the meeting, which also facilitated an open mic session. Together we agreed a list of ‘asks’ of the London Mayor.

This link provides information about the investigation including the committee’s key topics and, towards the bottom of the page, a link to a full recording of the meeting, held on 24 May.

While the London Assembly doesn’t have policy-making powers, it has a role in scrutinising the Mayor. Its investigations can put pressure on the Mayor and ultimately contribute to policy changes.

There are opportunities for tenants and residents to submit written comments or evidence to the committee and we encourage you, your TRA, TMO, Co-operatives and / or wider networks to do so, by emailing housingcommittee@london.gov.uk by 29 June.

We have attached an document that highlights our key asks of the London Mayor and some of the issues that we discussed with the other groups that we worked with, in preparing for the London Assembly meeting.

Please also find links here to a briefing on TRAs (with a case study), on TMOs (with case study) and Co-operatives that we produced for the London Assembly Housing Committee members, a comment piece from LTF delegates published in Inside Housing and an article published in the Times which reported on the London Assembly Housing Committee meeting.

Stand Up for the Elephant protest!

From Elephant Amenity Network

Dear Friend

The shopping centre planning application has yet to be approved or rejected by Southwark Council and while there have been improvements to the original application it still not good enough.  We don’t know exactly when the planning committee will be making its decision, it but we have to be ready.  There is a weekend of activity this weekend, leading up to a Protest: Stand Up For The Elephant, 6pm, Thursday 21st June, Outside London College of Communications SE1 6SB

More details and FB event here

To build support for this protest please come and help on our next campaign stall: Up the Elephant campaign stall, 11am-12pm, Saturday 16th June,
outside Elephant shopping Centre, top of the slope opposite Charlie Chaplin pub.  No social cleansing, no community stitch up!

We will also be leafletting the local area 4pm-7pm, Sunday 17 June, outside Elephant shopping Centre, top of the slope opposite Charlie Chaplin pub.

Attached is a letter sent by local campaign groups to the London College of Communication

Up the Elephant is supported by Stop the Elephant DevelopmentLatin ElephantElephant Amenity NetworkSouthwark Defend Council HousingOccupy Elephant, and Southwark Notes.

Regards

Jerry

Searching for volunteers – The Nelken Line

Date: Sunday 22 April free dance classes

Where: THE HIVE, 1 Melior Place, SE1 3RS

Time: Choose a time slot either 10.30am – 1.30pm or 1.45 – 4.45pm  

FREE

Do you enjoy dancing? Whether it’s in front of the TV, in a ballroom or in your favourite club we want to hear from you.

Team London Bridge invites you join award winning dance artist Dickson Mbi to learn a simple and beautiful dance by the world famous Pina Bausch.

Have fun learning the moves before you are filmed in stunning locations around London Bridge. The film will then be sent out far and wide alongside other Nelken Line films from around the world.

You can take a look at what you’ll be learning on these two videos https://vimeo.com/224302415       https://vimeo.com/219686975

Dress to be comfortable indoors or out.

Refreshments provided.

Maximum time needed: 3 hours.

To book a space please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/team-london-bridge-11123851682 or for more information email info@teamlondonbridge.co.uk

Kind regards

Henry Johnstone

Business & Operations Manager

Team London Bridge

 

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Happy New Year from everyone at Age UK Lambeth

Dear Friend,

We hope that you have had a fantastic Christmas and new year and that you are looking forward to what 2018 will bring you.  At Age UK Lambeth we spent 2017 empowering thousands of older people to achieve a full quality of life culminating in our Christmas Day Dinner for 40 people who would otherwise be on their own.

Our 2018 new year’s resolutions are to reach more people, continue to grow and improve our services and raise more money to pay for all of this!  Please read on for ways that you could make a resolution to support our resolutions.

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Get Fit – why not sign up for a 25km, 50km or 100km ultra challenge to inspire you to get fit and raise money for Age UK Lambeth?  There are 8 challenges to choose from and if you sign up before February 11th you can get 2 for 1 on registration fees.  Find a friend and sign up today!!! Click here to find out more and register (remember to choose Age UK Lambeth as your charity).

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Volunteer – volunteering is a great way to give back to your community in your spare time. We have many roles available including joining a local events fundraising group and befriending. Email bev@ageuklambeth.org for more information.

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Give something up – if you are quitting something in 2018 why not donate the money that you save to Age UK Lambeth.  You can make a donation here

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Write a will – Approximately 2/3 of adults have not written a will and 1/3 will go on to die intestate meaning their final wishes will go unheeded. If your new year’s resolution is to get organised and write a will this year then please consider leaving a legacy to Age UK Lambeth. You can find out more by clicking here.

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Have more fun -if you haven’t already then why not join My Social? Open to all ages and with FREE membership, being a member of MYsocial gives you access to our calendar of events. We want to help you discover friendships, connect with your community, and do things that make you happy. Click here to find out more and join.

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Experience the thrill of a lifetime – if you really want to challenge yourself in 2018 then why not sign up to do a skydive and raise money for us? The ‘drop-zone’ is less than 60 minutes from London and is organised through UK Skydive. Find out more here.
We hope our list has given you some inspiration. Whatever you choose to do in 2018 and whether you set any new years resolutions or not, we hope that you will be doing it alongside Age UK Lambeth.

Thank you for supporting us, best wishes

Claire
Claire Nethersole
Community & Corporate Fundraiser

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