Tenants living in Coventry’s
former council houses are being given the opportunity to have a say in
the running of the new organisation that manages the entire stock.
Coventry's Whitefriars Housing
Group are urging residents to stand for election to the six tenant
positions on the management boards that run the not-for-profit
As part of last year's
transfer of 20,169 former council homes to Whitefriars, it promised
that all eligible tenants would have the opportunity to stand for
Those elected will replace the
existing six tenant board members, who have to stand down at the end
of March, though they can stand for re-election. A third of all
management board members are tenants.
Whitefriars chief executive
Howard Farrand said:
"It is very important
that tenants are represented on the boards and that they play a full
part in the running of Whitefriars.
"Tenants can and should
be helping to shape their housing service, which is why we are
asking all eligible tenants to consider standing for election as
tenant board members."
There are three boards:
Whitefriars Services, Whitefriars North and Whitefriars South, plus a
number of standing groups and committees. Elected tenants would all
sit on the Services board and either the North or South boards,
depending in which part of the city they live.
The Services board deals with
Whitefriars strategy and policy, plus issues such as performance
monitoring and funding, while North and South focus on service
delivery, including repairs and management.
Elected tenants would be
expected to attend around 15 meetings in a year until the annual
general meetings - 2002 if they are on the North Board and 2003 in the
South- when they would stand down.
Board membership is voluntary,
with out-of-pocket expenses paid for attending meetings or other board
business. Members must undergo training in their main areas of
All tenants have been sent
information on the role of tenant board members and have been asked to
consider standing in the election.
tenants must return their completed forms to Electoral Reform Ballot
Services by 5pm on 22 January.