Brent tenants invited to meet Housing Minister for open and ‘frank’ discussion on social housing


Brent Council tenants were among a delegation of London wide social housing tenants who were invited to an engagement event to discuss the experiences of living in social housing with the Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma in Westminster earlier this month.

More than 100 residents from approximately 30 London-based social landlords, including a group of Brent Council tenant representatives, attended the event and raised important housing issues. They were all encouraged to discuss their views on improving housing in the future with the Minister and his Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) colleagues.

Brent tenants joined fellow tenants to talk about key issues including fire safety, building homes, and the way that social housing tenants are represented in the media. As discussions concluded, the Minister promised that all tenants in attendance would be written to, with their concerns and ideas being used to inform and contribute to the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper.

As he opened the event, the Minister encouraged those attending to be “completely frank” about their reflections on their experience of the social housing sector, whether positive or not so positive. Responding to the points raised, he said: “I hope these conversations will bring about a sea change. There will be a sea change in the number of homes built, and a sea change in the impact of tenants’ voices. But there will also be a key change in the way people view social housing.”

Cllr Harbi Farah, Lead Member for Housing at Brent Council said: “The tenant engagement event was a great opportunity for Brent Housing tenants to meet the Housing Minister and have some in-depth conversations. The tenants who attended were all able to raise key issues around social housing on behalf of their communities, and have an important role in delivering positive change for the future.”

(David Connelly and Peter Curran - representing Brent Council tenants)