Housing matters at Sheffield tenants’ conference

Coun Tony Damms, Sheffield Council cabinet advisor for homes and neighbourhoods, with Pauline West, a tenant representative on the Interim Sheffield Housing Board.
Coun Tony Damms, Sheffield Council cabinet advisor for homes and neighbourhoods, with Pauline West, a tenant representative on the Interim Sheffield Housing Board.
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Tenants’ representatives from across Sheffield gathered for a conference to discuss the future of council housing.

Sheffield Council hosted the annual Tenants’ and Residents’ Conference at the City Hall, which looked at how 42,000 homes should be managed in the wake of the £700 million Decent Homes refurbishment.

Delegates also considered social issues facing estate residents such as benefit cuts.

Pauline West, from Shirecliffe, a tenant representative on the Interim Sheffield Housing Board, said: “This year’s conference was excellent.

“The presentation on how tenants’ rent is spent was interesting. We had the opportunity to look into the future and discuss how this could be spent to improve services and benefit all tenants.”

Coun Tony Damms, council cabinet advisor for housing, said: “The conference was an excellent way for tenants’ to have a direct say on decisions and meet the bosses that run council housing.”