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East Ayrshire Tenants And Residents Federation Win National Award!

Members of East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation were delighted to receive the Frances Nelson Award at the Tenants Information Service (TIS) National Annual Conference held in Dunblane Hydro Hotel in June this year, in recognition of their tenant participation achievements over the last year. This included:

Working with East Ayrshire Council’s Housing Service to ensure tenant influence in the review of the Housing Allocation Policy and development of a Common Allocation Policy with the Council and several local Housing Associations. The Federation was really pleased to contribute to the success of this work and as now applicants only need to complete one form to be considered for housing with a number of local social landlords.

Coordinating responses to Scottish Government consultations including Fresh Thinking: New Ideas, The Housing Bill and Scottish Social Housing Charter. These responses have been well received by Ministers and have led to national recognition of EATRF. Following our response to The Housing Bill, we were invited to give oral evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee at The Scottish Parliament in April 2010 and consultation response and evidence has ultimately shaped what has since become the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010.

Providing training courses for our members including topics to develop and support groups such as committee skills training, to topics which will increase member’s knowledge of housing issues such as Repairs and Maintenance, Homelessness and Private Rented Housing.

The Frances Nelson Award is sponsored by the Tenants Information Service (TIS), an independent, national provider of training, information, advice and support to tenants and residents groups and Federations throughout Scotland.

The judging panel made up of representatives from the TIS Executive Committee, a tenant representative and representatives from the Scottish Government’s Tenant Participation Development Team, Local Authorities and Housing Associations agreed we deserved this award and stated:

"It is a fantastic achievement for such a relatively new Federation to influence not only local housing issues and policies, but in particular to respond to national housing consultations and give such effective evidence to the Scottish Parliament."

Paul Dustor, Federation Chairperson said:

"We are delighted to have received the Frances Nelson Award and members of the Executive Committee were thrilled to attend the Conference on behalf of all our members to pick up the award. This is very encouraging for everyone involved with the Federation and we hope to continue to develop and grow and improve tenant participation and influence throughout East Ayrshire in the coming months and years. We would like to thank East Ayrshire Council for the continued support and funding provided to the Federation and local tenants and residents groups and TIS for the continued independent training, information, advice and support provided to the Executive committee, member groups and everyone involved with the Federation."

David Wood, Convenor and Sharon Donohoe, Development Manager, Tenants Information Service present the Frances Nelson Award, 2011 to members of EATRF Councillor Jim Buchanan, East Ayrshire Council Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration said: "East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation work incredibly hard for their communities. They provided invaluable support to the Council as we worked to develop a common allocation policy for all local social landlords and have been closely involved in a number of large scale consultations. We value the Federation very highly and are absolutely delighted they have received this national recognition."

East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation (EATRF) is an umbrella organisation that represents Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations operating in East Ayrshire and is a Registered Tenants Organisation under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

To find out more about the Federation, how to set up a local tenants and residents association, or the benefits of / or how to get involved in tenant participation and have a say on how your housing service is delivered.

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