LTF has recently
been successful in gaining funding from Trust for London to support three
years work (from 19th March 2018). We are in the process of applying for
some match funding.
With our new funding
(from March this year), we will work to:
- Provide a more
effective voice for mainstream not-for profit social housing tenants
as the only chance of achieving safe secure housing that lower income
level households / those with less than median income levels can afford
a closer relationship between a diverse range of council, housing
association, tenant management and co-operative tenant organisations;
(ii) creating online facilities to provide grass roots groups with
information and inspiration (including the creation of a bank of stories
about effective tenants ‘activism’);
(iii) engaging larger numbers of tenants’ groups in trying to
influence London housing (and planning) currently being developed;
- Changing negative
attitudes towards social housing tenants through delivering an effective
communication strategy by:
(i) establishing a media group comprising tenant representatives trained
to effectively engage with journalists and radio/tv presenters;
(ii) creating a new web site, with clear messages and different layers
(iii) making effective use of social media.
- Influencing policy
to enable social housing tenants to better engage in decision-making:
through developing London Tenants ‘think pieces’ including
on (i) ‘promoting participatory democracy in social
housing’ and ‘achieving a positive future for social-housing
in London’ (ii) producing information resources, including on
housing subsidy, estate regeneration and links between local and regional
We also have some funding
for our work with Professor Loretta Lees ERSC project relating to displacement
of social housing tenants through estate regeneration schemes.
housing and planning policy work
In an attempt
to influence London-wide policy LTF has responded to a number of the London
Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, draft housing and planning policy documents.
These are listed below..
LTF response to the Mayor’s draft guidance on estate regeneration
(March 2017) LTF members had been pleased that during the run up to
the London Mayoral election, Sadiq Khan's office had said “In
his manifesto, Sadiq has also very clear about his expectations over
estate regeneration. He wants estate regeneration only to take place
where there is resident support, based on full and transparent consultation.
He has said demolition should only be permitted where it does not
result in a loss of social housing, or where all other options have
been exhausted, with full rights to return for displaced tenants and
a fair deal for leaseholders.” His draft guidance however failed
to address a number of LTF members concerns. We made proposed changes
to improve it. The final guidance has still not been published.
response consultation on‘A city for all Londoners’
(December 2016) This document set out the Mayor’s direction
of travel in respect of developing a new London Plan. LTF also submitted,
at the same time, a proposal to the Mayor on engaging
community and voluntary sector groups whose key focus is on housing,
being involved in developing and monitoring the London Housing Strategy.
In the past LTF had representation on the Mayor's Housing Forum. The
Mayor did not respond to this proposal - so we have submitted this
again with our response to the draft London Housing Strategy.
risk and involvement of tenants in decision-making about their homes post
the Greenfield Tower blaze
Federation is calling for policy changes around the way that tenants are
involved in decisions made about our homes, following the Grenfell tower
blaze. Current tenant involvement practices, frequently entail landlord
selection and 'training' of individual tenants who have no remit to couch
the views of other tenants, nor facility to feed back to them to sit on
boards and panels, to support landlord management needs. This has left
vast numbers of social-tenants feeling increasingly isolated and made
it harder for us to get our collective voices heard.
Most social housing
tenants in London live in blocks of flats or estates and experience similar
blocks or estate problems; some landlord wide. Without wider representative
input, we are much weaker and more vulnerable, as the Grenfell tower example
has clearly demonstrated.
We are seeing
more and more social landlords dissolving independent tenants’ organisations
with them and their often highly paid consultants suggesting that landlord
selection of tenants to engage with is more 'fit for purpose'. Since landlord
‘tenant involvement’ is, however, paid for through our rents,
we feel it is essential that this operates in a way that is determined
by tenants wants and needs in a participatory, democratic and accountable
We also want commitments
from Government, the Mayor’s office and social landlords that social-housing
tenant representatives are actively involved in any reviews of fire risk
issues. We note that the London Mayor has made some proposals in his draft
London Housing Strategy relating to fire risk, but has failed to ensure
that these are informed through thorough engagement with tenants. In our
response to the draft London Housing Strategy we have made proposals that
the Mayor encourage social landlords to establish participatory, democratic
and accountable tenants’ groups and facilitate ways for them to
network. We also suggested that he might provide a good example to social
landlords by enabling direct engagement of tenants and other community
and voluntary sector groups involved in housing being regularly involved
in developing and monitoring the London Housing Strategy.
LTF has made links
with the reformed national tower block network and are encouraging tower
block tenants to engage with them. They spoke and facilitated a workshop
at our October 2017 joint conference with the London Federation of Housing
Co-ops and the National Federation of TMOs. We hope to form stronger links
of delivery of homes in London (2005-15)
analyses of delivery of social rented homes fail to take into account
how many news homes that have been built are simply replacements for others
that have been demolished. Clearly this is important to know how well
any assessed need of people who are homeless or who have languished for
years on housing waiting lists is being catered for.
analysis of delivery of homes for year 2015/16
from latest (2017) annual monitoring report of the London Plan.
analysis of delivery of additional homes in London (2005-15) (from
data taken from the Mayor's Annual Monitoring Reports of the London
Plan) reveals that only 17% were social-rented in this 10-year period
were social rented, while 70% were private / market homes. The analysis
explains how the Mayor's office is able to announce that a lot more
is delivered - by (i) referring to 'gross' delivery that does not
take into account how many new homes are actually replacements for
others that have been lost from supply - mostly through demolition
and (ii) by only referring to 'affordable' housing - (much of which
is not affordable).
of social-rented homes
on to what we have now and why
LTF's information booklet for and by
council and housing association (social) tenants in London on dealing
with estate ‘regeneration’ demolition proposals
- LTF previously produced
a document setting out some 'do's
for groups looking to give support to tenants in their struggles.
- See above our response
to the London Mayor's draft good practice guide on estate regeneration
(in our London Policy work section) and documents that we produced
with UCL engineering exchange and Just Space on our information page.
Since 1997 54,263
social-rented homes have been demolished and only 27,058 replaced. A
conservative estimate is that 135,658 council tenants and leaseholders
have been/are being displaced as a result (assess ed via analysis carried
out as part of Professor Loretta Lees Economic and Social Research Council
funded research on Gentrification, Displacement, and the Impacts of
Council Estate Renewal in C21st London. London Tenants Federation
and Just Space are working with Loretta Lees on this project.
Lees response to the Mayor's consultation on social housing estate
demolition ballots (and attachments below).
produced through the project of social housing demolished in estate
'renewal' or 'regeneration' schemes (on estates of 100+ homes) since