Giving tenants a stronger voice in decision making

Tenants and residents from across the city are gathering to share their opinions at a consultation meeting at Leeds Town Hall this Thursday (27th February). The first event of its kind in the city, the meeting will look at good practice in Leeds and elsewhere, see what can be done to make sure tenants and residents have a voice in the city’s housing and will celebrate local projects and community work. The evening will culminate with a special presentation to three tenants who between them have given almost a century of support to their local communities.

The Leeds City Council event comes after a year in which housing management came back under the council’s direct control. It will also provide an opportunity for a group of residents who have made a long-standing and significant contribution to their community to be recognised formally.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We will be sharing results from a consultation exercise where we asked tenants how we could best work better together as one city to deliver the best housing. With 400 tenants involved in the consultation, our Thursday event will allow practical examples of how we can make this happen to be explored.

“It is also a privilege to be able to recognise the commitment of three of the longstanding tenants who have each made a significant contribution over so many years. They are a great example of the way thousands of people get involved, making a difference in our communities as well as of the way people in Leeds work for each other and make us such a great city.”

Notes for editors

The invitation only event will be held at Leeds Town Hall, between 18.00 and 20.00 hrs.

The results of over 400 survey responses from the community provided the basis for the themes being discussed at the event.

Details of the presentations and the people nominated will be available on the night.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Phil Morcom, Leeds City Council press office

Tel: 0113 394 3602

Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk