Review of participation structures

The Council is currently undertaking a review of its participation structures with the help of a 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 provides 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.

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 will cover the following topics:

Thursday 28 March 2019 - Introduction

Aims of the review and the Council’s overall participation structures.

Wednesday 17 April 2019 - Constitutions and formal structures

Residents’ Associations, Area Housing Panels and Borough Residents’ Forum.

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.

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 final two workshops will be presented to HROSC in September along with a draft Resident Participation and Consultation Strategy which the RWG Have helped develop.

The Residents’ Working Group is made up of tenants and leaseholders from the Area Housing Panels and the Co-op Forum. However, we also sought the wider views of tenants and leaseholder and invited you to complete an online survey which closed on Monday 15 July 2019. The responses to the online survey will help inform the Resident Participation and Consultation Strategy.