Firstly, I'd like to thank the tenant group members for their
hard work and support since the last AGM. I'd also like to thank
Carole Halfacre for her continued support.
Our conference in Birmingham was a success with 120 tenants
attending. It was decided that we'd have an exercise involving all
the tenants, and bearing in mind that an election was being held in
2015, we decided to ask what they would like to see in a manifesto.
This session worked really well. Following the conference we worked
on the production of the tenants' manifesto which originally was to
The Group and I were disappointed that it wasn't a standalone
ARCH manifesto but understand that a joint one with the NFA may
hold more weight and have a stronger voice. Some of you attended
the launch of the manifesto at the House of Commons. The Tenants
Group were pleased that the outputs from the manifesto exercise at
the conference were published.
Also, since the last AGM the Executive undertook a review and
consulted with all member councils on how they thought ARCH was
operating. This resulted in changes being made including the
appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, John Bibby. John as
you may be aware, retired as Director of Housing & Community
Services at the City of Lincoln Council and was a founder member of
the ARCH Executive. His role is to promote ARCH and liaise with The
Tenants Group. The Tenants Group welcomed this as we felt that
there was a lack of communication and understanding between the
The ARCH blog has been replaced with a bi-weekly e-bulletin
which is proving to be popular.
This year's Tenant's Conference is being hosted by Croydon
Council and you will be given and update on the preparation for the
conference later on. The Conference is an ideal opportunity of
networking with other tenants and obtaining their views on matters
that concern them.
Your councils should by now have received the email regarding
the booking of your places at the conference. Just to remind you up
to five tenants go free but that does not include your right to go
to the conference.
As members of the Tenants Group you will have access to the ARCH
website via a password and if you wish to use this site, a password
can be given to you.
The Chairman and Vice Chairman (who are or who will be
Directors) attend the ARCH Executive meetings and report to them on
what the Tenants Group have been doing. These reports will be
circulated for information prior to the Executive meetings so that
you're aware of what is being said on your behalf. Similarly, a
report will be given to the Tenants Group at their next meeting
relating to the Executive meeting.
As a result of the work carried out regarding the manifesto.
we've not been able to produce a new leaflet but we'll be
discussing the topic for one later on.
TPAS are holding their conference on 9th -
10th July and two members of the Tenants Group are
holding a workshop and is listed in the programme as follows:-
Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) Tenants
Manifesto time - Jenny Hill & Martyn Lund
Tenant Group members, Association of Retained Council Housing
The warts and all story of how the ARCH Tenants Group were
involved in an exercise to develop tenants' priorities which
influenced the content of the ARCH and National Federation of
ALMO's manifesto which was launched at House of Commons earlier
this year and what has happened since.
- To have a very successful conference in Croydon
- To be consulted by the Executive on any proposed responses to
- To have a higher profile and be proactive in promoting ARCH by
seeking meetings with the local tenants group of those council's
that are not yet members of ARCH
- Continue to advise and inform the Executive of tenants'
Jenny Hill, Chair of ARCH tenants' group