Review of participation structures
The Council has published a draft Resident Participation and Consultation Strategy which sets out the ways residents can get involved with the Housing and Regeneration Department and aims to provide a broad range of participation opportunities.
We would like to hear your views on the draft Strategy. You can tell us what you think by completing the short survey.
Residents' Working Group
Wandsworth Council is committed to resident involvement and has well established participation structures currently in place. The Government’s Social Housing Green Paper which was released in 2018 emphasises the importance of empowering the voice of residents. This provided a good time to work with tenants and leaseholders to review participation structures to make sure they are fit for purpose and provide residents with the opportunity to participate at different levels.
This year, the Council carried out a review of its participation structures with the help of a Residents’ Working Group (RWG). The Council also sought the wider views of tenants and leaseholders through an online survey which closed on Monday 15 July. The work of the RWG and the results from the online survey helped inform the draft Strategy.
The Residents’ Working Group will participate in four workshops to review all aspects of the Council’s participation structures and make recommendations for improvements. These covered the following topics:
Thursday 28 March 2019 - Introduction
Aims of the review and the Council’s overall participation structures.
- Read a summary of the first workshop
Wednesday 17 April 2019 - Constitutions and formal structures
Residents’ Associations, Area Housing Panels and Borough Residents’ Forum.
- Read a summary of the second workshop
Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Informal participation
Best practice within the sector and how we can encourage wider participation.
Read a summary of the third workshop
Thursday 27 June 2019 - Performance reporting and communication
Communication with residents, reporting performance and satisfaction surveys.
Read a summary of the fourth workshop.
Tuesday 6 August 2019 - Resident Participation and Consultation Strategy
It has been decided to hold a fifth workshop to recap the process and approve the draft Resident and Consultation Participation Strategy.
Read a summary of the fifth workshop.
An update on the first two workshops was presented to the Borough Residents Forum (BRF) and the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) on 12 June and 17 June 2019 respectively.
A further update on the workshops was presented to BRF and HROSC in September along with a draft Resident Participation and Consultation Strategy which the RWG have helped to develop.