London Housing Panel
60 second overview
We're working with the Mayor of London to establish the London Housing Panel, which from summer 2019 will bring together voluntary and community organisations with a particular interest in housing in London.
Our work in housing
High housing costs are a major contributor to poverty in London, and supporting work that promotes Good Homes and Neighbourhoods is one of our seven strategic funding priorities for 2018-22. In 2018 we made 23 grants totalling £1,984,700 in this area.
We also work alongside funded groups to understand their perspectives and amplify their voice in the policy-making process and in the media. This includes responding to policy consultations, and participating in the Examination in Public on the draft New London Plan. In 2018 we began convening the London Housing Campaigners Group, in partnership with The Social Change Agency.
The Mayor of London wants to make sure his housing policies are developed with the involvement of London's diverse communities.
The Panel builds on the Mayor's existing work to involve and engage Londoners in decisions about their city. The Panel's primary focus will be to engage with housing issues facing London. Examples of discussions might include reforming the private rented sector, exploring resident involvement in estate regeneration, or understanding students' experience of housing in the capital.
The Panel will provide the voluntary and community sector with a structured way of engaging with the Greater London Authority (GLA) in relation to housing policy, and vice versa.
Trust for London staff will be responsible for running the Panel, and has led the recruitment process for the Panel Chair and Panel Members.
The Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray, will attend meetings of the Panel, if invited to do so.
Both the GLA and Trust for London are providing funding and in-kind support to help make the panel work.
Who is on the Panel?
The Panel is comprised of 15 member organisations and an independent Chair.
Panel Members are London-based organisations, providing services, representation or carrying out advocacy work in relation to housing in London. They bring a range of perspectives, for example including social tenants, private renters, homelessness and equalities groups.
“The 15 organisations represented on this panel work to empower communities and individuals who have faced unacceptable housing problems which include poor conditions, discrimination and unaffordable rent. As Chair, I am looking forward to using our collective knowledge and diversity of expertise to influence the Mayor’s housing policies. All Londoners should benefit from more housing stability, despite their income or their circumstances.”
Panel Members are all organisations, rather than individuals. Organisations have named a lead individual to be their primary representative on the Panel and main contact, but they may send other representatives to meetings, e.g. depending on the topic.
Organisations appointed to the Panel are expected to coordinate with, consult and provide feedback to other groups within their networks and sector. Members are also encouraged to bring the voices and experiences of those directly affected by the issues into the discussion.
Raji Hunjan: Chief Executive of Z2K
Raji brings extensive experience of the voluntary sector and a passion for tackling poverty, including recently as a Commissioner for the Shelter ‘Big Conversation’ on social housing.
Details of the organisations appointed to the London Housing Panel were announced on Thursday 30 May 2019.
Action on Empty Homes
Action on Empty Homes campaigns for more empty homes to be brought into use for people in housing need. Its aims are to: raise awareness of the waste of long-term empty homes; campaign for changes to national policy; support local communities in transforming their neighbourhoods; provide advice for those seeking to bring empty homes back into use; and to research and develop ideas for bringing long-term empty homes back into use.
Camden Community Law Centre
Camden Community Law Centre is a specialist legal advice charity with expertise in housing, welfare benefits, immigration and employment law. It has been providing advice and representation, including advocacy, to residents of Camden and Greater London for over 45 years. The Centre has particular knowledge and experience of housing issues affecting vulnerable individuals including homelessness, allocations, possession/evictions, the private rented sector, social housing, unlawful evictions, and right to rent.
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Connection at St Martin’s helps thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London. It provides a range of services including: assessments and advice to help rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness; dedicated teams to support individuals with mental or physical health needs, immigration advice and employability; and street outreach to engage those furthest from accessing support.
Disability Advice Service Lambeth
Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL) is an independent Disabled People's organisation which was established in 2001. DASL provides services to Disabled people from all impairment groups across Lambeth including: providing social welfare advice including casework on a range of issues including welfare benefits, debt and housing; professional advocacy; peer support; community development including campaigning and policy work and representation; and a Direct Payments Support Service.
Generation Rent is a campaign group which aims to make private renting in the UK safe, secure, affordable and fair for all tenants. It carries out campaigning, research, policy development, and strategic public affairs work, engaging with politicians in Westminster, London, and in local authorities. Generation Rent is supported by private renting activists who contribute to the campaign, including the group's most recent win, the government announcement of an end to Section 21 'no fault' evictions.
Homeless Link is the national membership charity for frontline homelessness agencies and the wider 'housing with health, care and support' sector. With over 750 members, we work to improve services through evidence and learning, and to promote policy change that will ensure everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it.
Just for Kids Law / Children's Rights Alliance for England
Just for Kids Law (JfKL) works with and for children and young people, to hold those with power to account and to fight for wider reform. It provides legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support and campaigning, to ensure children and young people in the UK have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted and their voices heard and valued. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), which is part of Just for Kids Law, works with over 100 members to promote children’s rights and monitor government implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Kineara delivers holistic, intensive support services to vulnerable people. Based in east London and working across the city, Kineara works directly with individuals and families who face challenges in their lives, in partnership with housing providers and schools. It supports people to recognise their strengths and build resilience in challenging times, through housing support, education support and employment support. Specialist programmes enable social and private sector tenants to stay in their homes and improve their well-being.
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership (LKP) deals with leasehold issues across London and England and Wales. Most of this work involves educating leaseholders about legal complexities and exposing bad practices which impact both private and social housing stock. LKP also campaigns for improvements in legislation to help provide a fairer leasehold system. The group acts as secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform.
London Federation of Housing Co-operatives
London Federation of Housing Co-operatives (LHFC) is a membership organisation for nearly 300 housing co-op / tenant led and managed housing organisations across London, which together provide approximately 70,000 dwellings. It provides regular member forums in which information is shared, successes (including new developments and improvements) are celebrated and issues of mutual concern are raised. LHFC also responds to consultations and lobbies for changes in policy affecting tenant-led housing in London.
London Gypsies and Travellers
London Gypsies and Travellers (LGT) challenges social exclusion and discrimination and works for change, in partnership with Gypsies and Travellers. LGT works with the community and trusted partners to influence the development of local, regional and national policy. It aims to improve outcomes in equality and inclusion, homes, work and skills, and for young people, through advice and advocacy services, community development work, policy work and participatory research.
London Tenants Federation
London Tenants Federation (LTF) is made up of and represents mainstream social housing tenants and leaseholders, and provides a voice for those who are generally excluded from housing policy making. Its priorities are: exposing inequality of access to housing; lobbying for protection of existing social rented homes; influencing to maximise delivery of additional social rented homes; involving grassroots organisations in regeneration and development schemes, and providing accessible briefings on London's housing need, delivery and affordability.
New Horizon Youth Centre
New Horizon Youth Centre’s mission is to support homeless and vulnerable young people to achieve the independence they crave and the futures they deserve. Through the services on offer at its day-centre and via its outreach team, New Horizon has been supporting young people experiencing homelessness in London for over 50 years. New Horizon works with young people to improve their health and economic circumstances, and to support them in finding somewhere they can call home.
Solace Women's Aid
Solace primarily supports women and children affected by male violence against women and girls. Solace has worked across London for over 40 years; it provides London-wide services for women, children and young people as well as counselling and advice services. It currently runs North London Rape Crisis. Solace also has a track record of running dedicated services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage and has worked extensively to promote housing rights and directly provide programmes in partnership with others.
Tonic’s focus is to raise awareness and respond to the housing, support and care needs of older LGBT+ people in London. The government estimates there to be 145,000 LGBT+ people over state pension age in London. There is currently no housing and related support specifically for older LGBT+ people in the UK, and a growing body of evidence highlights issues whereby some people have felt they have had to 'go back in the closet.' Tonic is creating LGBT+ affirmative, mixed-tenure retirement communities in London in partnership with other housing providers.
Applications for the London Housing Panel are now closed. The application materials are available below for public information purposes only.
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