Published: 8th Apr 2020

Paul Hickman, professor of Housing and Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University and Jenny Preece, a research associate at the University of Sheffield discuss why it is vital to make sure social housing tenants have their voices heard.  In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London in 2017, many commentators noted that concerns and warnings from tenants and residents appeared to have been ignored. The ability to influence the activities and decisions of landlords is vital to prevent the voices of people living in social housing from becoming marginalised. This influencing role has historically been known as ‘tenant participation.’ After a decade in the policy wilderness, this has re-emerged as an important concern for the government, with ‘resident engagement’ in social housing featuring prominently in a recent consultation document on social housing. We have recently carried out exploratory research into landlords’ approaches to tenant participation as part of our work for the UK Centre … (To read the full article, subscribe below)