It was suggested that TPAS try to get details of all of the local groups which exist, and then try to bring these together, possibly at a 1 day conference (on a week day!)Another possibility is that the day could offer opportunities for smaller sub groups looking at issues such as involving youth etc. The final request was for the cost of such an event to be kept to a minimum, as many landlords appear to be a little sensitive about paying for staff to attend conferences.
Delegates felt the most useful parts of the workshop were the information given on grants, basic facts about what could be funded and the amount of money available. Delegates also felt the contact information given was useful. There was a general feeling that the workshop leaders had knowledge of the subject and the subject matter was broken down well.
The group found the workshop to be extremely informative. Delegates felt the subject was explained in detail and the information was relevant to them and up-to-date. Some delegates felt that, because there was a small number of attendees it enabled people to participate more, whereas others felt that valuation process larger number of attendees would have given rise to a better discussion. Generally, the speaker delivered the presentation well and each option was broken down and very well explained. Ministers are committed to keeping social rents at well below what reputable private landlords would charge for comparable properties. In contrast to the previous system, where social tenants in the same area can have very different rents depending on their landlord, rent restructuring will lead to similar homes in the same area having very similar rents.
Rent restructuring aims to link rents closely to simple measures of size, location and condition, broadly reflecting what tenants value in properties. The government will continue to emphasise the different responsibilities of different parties – for instance, landlords’ obligations to tenants, central government’s responsibilities for overall policy and funding, tenants’ role in getting involved in participation. The policy has been developed over a long period. Nick Raynsford was the prime mover and has been supported by his successors as housing ministers, Charlie Falconer and Jeff Rooke.