Vacancy: London Housing Panel representative from a young person's housing organisation

London Housing Panel vacancy
Seeking applications from housing organisations that can represent young people
Deadline: Friday 3 September 2021

About the Panel

The London Housing Panel (the ‘Panel’) was set up in 2019 ‘to enable London’s voluntary & community sector and the communities it serves to influence the capital’s housing policies and practices’. Trust for London and the Mayor have jointly funded and supported the Panel’s and have committed to continuing to fund and support the Panel through to March 2022.

The London Housing Panel provides the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with a structured way of engaging with the GLA, and ensures the GLA has a clear mechanism for its engagement with the sector in relation to housing policy. It has 15 members drawn from a diverse range of voluntary and community organisations.

Three principles guide the Panel’s work:

  1. There is an urgent need to build more social housing in London to tackle its housing crisis and we will always push for prioritising the building of and increasing the amount of social rented housing over other forms of tenure.
  2. By understanding the needs and aspirations of all Londoners, including those who are living most vulnerably, we can ensure house building creates better longer-term outcomes for Londoners.
  3. In addition to the building of new, stable homes at social rent, we want more action taken now to address homelessness, particularly statutory homelessness.

In March 2020, the Panel published its Priorities for the Mayor. In June 2020, the Mayor responded to the Panel’s priorities in a letter. During the pandemic, the Panel has continued to meet and work with the GLA including co-hosting a roundtable on temporary accommodation, the outcomes of which it continues to develop with the GLA; and working with the GLA on how to embed EDI in the Affordable Homes Programme. You can find out more about the Panel and its members as well as accessing its minutes and papers on its dedicated webpage.

Being a member of the London Housing Panel

The Panel meets quarterly. Taking into account preparation time, each meeting lasts up to a half day. Panel members can also expect to join a small number of other meetings on specific topics as well as responding to consultations as required.

  • All members of the Panel, including the Chair, have a responsibility to ensure that London voices feed into and out of the Panel’s thinking and actions.
  • They are expected to engage with their own communities and networks for consultation, feedback and raising new issues.
  • Members are also expected to negotiate a balance between their own specialisms/ communities of interest and the collective view of the Panel.
  • They also bring their own passions and perspectives as individuals.
  • Panel members receive an annual fee of £1,000.

The Panel currently holds all meetings online. When and if it resumes in person meetings, these take place at Trust for London’s offices at 4 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4UP (near Moorgate tube station in the City of London). These offices are fully accessible.

Members of the Panel are organisations. They must be based and operate in London; and must not be affiliated to a party-political organisation. They should provide services, representation or carry out advocacy work to improve the situation of Londoners and especially those on low incomes. They will have a proven commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting the voices of people directly affected by housing issues. They will be able to demonstrate a track record of working collaboratively with other organisations and acting accountably and transparently with others.

The Panel can have up to 15 members, who cover a range of perspectives. This invitation is specific to representation of young people.

To apply to the vacancy

If you would like to apply, please submit the expression of interest form available below to londonhousing@trustforlondon.org.uk. This should set out why you want to join the Panel, and why you would be suitable as a representative from a young person’s organisation as well as providing two references. Please also return the below equal opportunities form.

If you have any questions about the position, please send them to londonhousing@trustforlondon.org.uk.

Key dates

Noon on 3 September 2021: Deadline for expressions of interest

14 September 2021: Interview with the chair and up to two others

22 September 2021: Next London Housing Panel meeting

11 August 2021