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Mark Prisk launches social tenant empowerment programme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities

Mark Prisk launches social tenant empowerment programme Mark Prisk launches social tenant empowerment programme

Mark Prisk, the housing minister, has launched a new training programme designed to empower social housing tenants.

The Tenant Training and Support Programme will aim to give residents the skills they need to hold their landlord to account, whether on their own, by setting up a tenant panel, or by taking over the management and maintenance of their homes and neighbourhoods themselves.

The £1.2 million scheme is being run by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS), and will offer support by bringing tenants together from different neighbourhoods to discuss their experiences and inspire new tenant panels. It will also help individual tenants to engage with their landlords on a range of issues and services, and will offer face-to-face training with expert advisors for around 5,000 tenants.

Participants will also be able to sign up to Community Cashback, which enables tenants to take over the management of their neighbourhood, from overseeing maintenance and minor repairs to signing up new contractors to run cleaning services.

Mr Prisk said: "Communities across the country want to use the powers they have to ensure their needs are reflected in the services they receive. But many simply lack the confidence to challenge the people in charge.

"That is why we’ve put this new tenant training scheme in place, helping make their voices heard and giving people the skills they need to ensure the changes that matter to them are made.

"And by playing this enhanced role tenants can help landlords improve the efficiency of local services and their work will help inspire even more communities to take control."

Steve Meakin, TPAS chair, said: "This is exactly the programme we’ve all been waiting for. I urge any tenant who wants to be involved and make a difference in their community to get in touch and take advantage of the free support and training on offer."

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