Hopes of new tenant federation for Sheffield

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Tenants’ groups in Sheffield are being asked whether they want to bring back a new federation to give them ‘one united voice.’

The Sheffield Federation Shadow Board wants to re-establish the organisation, as the city had a similar federation ten years ago.

Mick Daniels, of the Brushes Tenants’ and Residents’ Association in Firth Park, said the federation would mean that such groups had a bigger voice when it came to issues of common concern in the city.

A letter that has been sent to other tenants’ groups added: “We will have more power to reach the real decision makers - did you know that the last federation organised and delivered a 15,000-signature petition to Parliament, and later met with the minister for housing and planning?

“The last federation also organised a tenant training fair, promoted local tenant participation compacts, provided newsletters and carried out printing services for over 25 TARAs and attended over 600 meetings, seminars, conferences and forums.

“These are just a few examples of what a successful federation can do.”

Tenants’ groups are now being asked to discuss if they are in favour of the federation at their next meetings before March 20.

The federation - if it did go ahead- would also look to support the development of associations and share resources such as office equipment, computers and information.

It would negotiate with the council in pursuit of members’ interests and contribute to the ‘development and quality of local services for residents’, the letter adds.

Once TARAs have said whether they are in support or not, the federation shadow board will write to groups about what the next steps will be.