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Tenant Scrutiny - make your priority, our priority
We are delighted that twelve of our tenants and leaseholders have been chosen to sit on this new panel.
What will the panel do?
look at all aspects of the housing service on behalf of residents
see which parts of the service could be improved
find examples of good practice to learn from
suggest improvements directly to senior officers and councillors
request information about the performance and plans for the housing service to use as evidence for its recommendations
Come and meet the members - City Assembly
The next City Assembly meeting on the 18th May will give council residents the opportunity to meet some of the panel members in an Information Hub session and suggest issues to scrutinise.
How do I contact them with my concern?
The Tenant Scrutiny Panel is looking at the quality of of housing services and how well different areas of the service work. It is not looking at problems encountered on an individual level such as an outstanding repair in your home.
If there is an issue in an area of the service which you would like the panel to look at please contact contact the council’s Scrutiny Team either by phoning Karen Amsden on 01273 291084 or emailing her at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The recommendations from scrutiny reviews will be reported to Housing Committee. You can find the agenda and papers for the Housing Committee on the Council and democracy meetings page.
How was this panel chosen?
Our aim was to ensure that the process was fair for all those who took the time to apply, and that the panel would be as representative as possible of all council residents. The Independent Tenant Participation Advisory Service ran the recruitment event and selected the residents who had the best mix of skills, experience and motivation to sit on the first panel.
Who are on the panel?
The panel members are:
Mbye Sohna (Chair of the panel)
Michael Bairstow (Vice-Chair of the panel)
When will the panel start work?
After a really positive first meeting on 29th April panel members will now spend the first few months learning how to carry out tenant scrutiny. They will then choose some priority issues to tackle this summer and will begin their first reviews of the housing service in the autumn.
The council’s Scrutiny Team will support the tenant scrutiny panel and help to get it ready to carry out reviews. The panel will be able to request information about the performance and plans for the housing service to use as evidence for its recommendations.
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