Tenants given a voice on housing

Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Council.

Council tenants in Northumberland will have a greater say in decisions that affect them, their homes and the areas they live in after the go ahead was given to form a new tenants sub-committee.

The sub-committee, thought to be the first of its kind, is being created to give council tenants a seat at the table with their landlord Northumberland County Council, and a greater voice and influence over the delivery of housing services.

The committee will comprise tenant representatives and elected members and meet bi-monthly.

The inaugural meeting will take place in November.

The management of council housing in the county was recently brought within Northumberland County Council - a move which will save the authority hundreds of thousands of pounds each year by avoiding the costs of running a separate company.

Northumberland County Councillor, Allan Hepple, cabinet member for housing, said: “Listening to and understanding tenants’ needs and requirements is really important to Northumberland County Council and will help us target our services and resources where they are needed most.

“Homes For Northumberland worked very closely with tenants to give them a significant say in the way housing services were delivered. The aim of the new sub-committee is to build upon and strengthen on existing tenant participation.”