Tenants and residents from councils across the country attended
the 2019 annual ARCH Tenants' Conference in Bridlington on 3
The conference was chaired by Jenny Hill, Chair of the ARCH
Tenants' Group, and was organised and managed by tenants on the
ARCH Tenants' Group specifically for tenants and residents of stock
The event, held at the Bridlington Spa, was hosted by the East
Riding of Yorkshire Council and was officially opened by Councillor
Pat Smith, Chairman if the Council.
ARCH Tenants' Group members Stella Parkin from Rotherham and
John Kite from Sheffield marked the anniversary of the Addison Act
and 100 years of council housing by outlining how their councils
have been celebrating the centenary.
The theme for this year's conference was "keeping your home
safe" and delegates heard from experts in fire safety risk
assessments as well as gas and electrical safety.
Jonathan Walters, Deputy Chief Executive at the Regulator of
Social Housing explained the role of the Regulator in monitoring
compliance with the Regulator's Consumer Standards and the future
of housing regulation in light of the proposals in the Social
Housing Green Paper.
Workshop sessions examined the future of sheltered housing (led
by officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council) and the current
and expected future role of the Housing Ombudsman in handling
tenants complaints (led by the Housing Ombudsman) and the event was
wound up by ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby who looked at
government housing policy and what the future holds for council
housing landlords and their tenants and residents.
Watch out for the full conference report and photographs
together with details of the winners of this year's ARCH Community
Champion awards in the next edition of the ARCH e-bulletin. Copies
of the speakers' slides and presentations will also be made
available on the ARCH website.