Tenants to play crucial role in housing decisions

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Babergh District Council is looking for six tenants to become members of its shared housing board.

Tenants will be involved in deciding future spending on repairing and improving homes, developing new council housing and ensuring the housing service is managed properly.

As tenant members they will work alongside councillors and oversee the development of business plans and approve the development of housing landlord strategy and policy. They will also have a consultative role in determining council housing rents and budgets.

Potential candidates need to be current council tenants or leaseholders living in Babergh or Mid Suffolk properties and over the age of 18.

The board comprises of 12 people, six are tenants and six are elected councillors from both districts.

Each tenant will represent the ward in which they live. Meetings are held monthly and tenant representatives can claim expenses.

They are also entitled to an allowance for their attendance at the board.

Martin King, head of housing for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils said: “We are loovireking for good communicators who are committed to helping tenants and want to have a say on how housing policies will impact on all our tenants.

“There is no need to have had experience on committees or boards, as we provide training.

“With over 7,000 tenants and a £30 million budget between both councils, all members of the housing board have a crucial role to play in deciding how these are managed.”

Interested tenants can apply for an application pack from Victoria Smy on 01449 724781 or email victoria.smy@BaberghMidSuffolk.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications is midday on June 19.