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Independent Tenants Movement

Key Resources
16/05/08

Hills and Cave Issues for information on the government's plans to introduce consumer panels...
20/12/07

30/07/07

Tenants, Histories and Movements for a short history of the tenants movement by John Grayson, Sheffield Hallam University
31/08/06

Other useful reports
Unite the Union
14/10/14

CLG
18/10/10

Welsh Assembly Government
30/04/09

Leeds Tenants Federation
01/01/09

Housing Corporation
17/07/08

History & Policy
01/03/08

History & Policy
01/03/08

Housing Corporation
01/07/06

Basingstoke Council
01/10/05

Housing Studies Association Conference
15/04/04

Housing Studies Association Conference
15/04/04

01/08/00

19/01/00

THE HISTORY OF WYTHENSHAWE AND IT'S ENVIRONS
19/01/00

Independent Tenants Movement Not Consumer Panels

There used to be a strong and active tenants movement in most parts of the UK. Tenants Federations sprung up to co-ordinate Tenants Associations within a local authority area which in turn sent delegates to national meetings and debates.

But in the 1990s a whole new industry of ‘Tenant Participation’ was encouraged by government to wrestle control of tenant organisation. Under the guise of ‘empowerment’ tenants organisations were sanitised and new forums and panels created. Instead of open debate they want to give us tenant directors gagged by confidentiality clauses and overcome with business plans, missions and visions. So called ‘tenant representatives’ end up spending more time with government officials than organising meetings with tenants. Now they are proposing to set up a national ‘consumer panel’; and saying that the regulator will only have to consult that panel and can ignore the rest of us! It’s not on.

But there are encouraging signs around the country of more tenants turning against this controlled Tenants Participation bandwagon. Again we’re starting to organise ourselves into the kind of independent tenants organisations that we’ll need to fight off the latest threats. If we are to succeed we’ll have to ignore the flattery and refuse the seductive offers of funding if conditions that restrict our democratic rights to organise and say what we want are attached. We expect and demand that, however we organise ourselves, our landlords hand over funds from our rents to finance our independent tenants movement, with no strings attached.

For more information about the history of the tenants movement; why having tenants on boards of directors means less power; and the recent attempt to replace tenant organisation with consumer panels, see factsheets and publications on the left, and press articles on the right.

Press Articles
Keep our council homes
21/11/16

Guardian
18/05/16

Inside Housing
11/11/15

Guardian
03/06/15

Inside Housing
25/05/15

Wordpress
29/03/15

24dash.com
19/12/14

Guardian
17/11/14

Guardian
14/10/14

Morning Star
21/01/13

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