NFTMO Annual Conference 2012 Report
The energy and enthusiasm of around 230 delegates made for a great Annual NFTMO Conference last weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Regular conference goers rated it the 'best ever' thanks to inspiring acounts of TMO action around the country, informative workshops, lively debate and well earned evening entertainment. Most of all the conference provided ample opportunity for TMO members and staff to network with new and old friends in the TMO sector.
The NFTMO has responded to the Government Consultation paper “Giving Tenants Control” . In the paper the Government set out their ideas for streamlining the Right to Manage. The paper also includes proposed new regulations that will require Councils to co-operate where tenants want to explore the potential benefits of a community led transfer. The NFTMO supports the streamlining of the Right to Manage and is already helping with work to reduce the red tape involved in assessing the competence of new TMOs. But the Federation wants to see more sanctions against councils who obstruct the Right to Manage and more rights for housing association tenants who want to set up a TMO. As for the ‘Right to Transfer’, the NFTMO agrees that council tenants groups, including TMOs, should be given co-operation if they want to look into the possibility of a community led transfer – provided that other council tenants will not lose out as a result. However, the Federation thinks the Government’s proposals should focus more on transfers that will lead to genuine community control. As with the Right to Manage proposals, the NFTMO says that the ‘Right to Transfer’ regulations will need to be much clearer about how the rules will be enforced against landlords who obstruct the process. You can view and download copies of the consultation paper and the NFTMO response.
Congratulations and thanks to Louise Clarke of Windsor Albion Co-op in Salford who completed a 30 mile sponsored walk to Childwall Valley EMB in Liverpool as part of the 'Terry Torch' tribute and campaign. A ceremonial torch, commemorating the late Terry Edis, is being carried to Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs) around the country as part of a campaign to let more tenants know about the potential benefits of community controlled housing. The Torch was set on its way by Carpenters TMO, in the shadow of the London Olympic Stadium, and will near the end of its journey in Stratford-upon-Avon at the June Annual Conference of the National Federation of TMOs (NFTMO)
Presentation PowerPoint Slides provided by speakers at NFTMO regional conferences in February 2012
The NFTMO has joined forces with other organisations to launch a campaign to spread the word about the benefits of community run housing.The National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations and ATIC, the sector body for trainers and advisors, are aiming to get information about tenant control opportunities to a 1000 communities in the social housing sector.
The NFTMO is carring out a survey to get a clearer picture of the extent to which TMOs are or want to be involved in the allocations and lettings process. The survey will feed into new Guidance for TMOs and their landlords.
Tributes have been pouring in following the death yesterday of Terry Edis MBE, who has been chair of the NFTMO since 2002 and an inspirational and much loved leader of the TMO Sector.
Those TMOs who attended this year’s NFTMO Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon will know that there was a great deal of interest in the idea of an improved TMO Benchmarking Club.Since the conference we have been working on the proposal and we are pleased to say that we are now ready to launch an improved TMO Benchmarking service
As landlords gear up to producing their second year annual reports to tenants, the four National Tenant Organisations publish their review report of the first year annual reports – “A good start, but could do better” - challenging the housing sector to improve annual reports next time round.
Residents who own and manage their estates are happier than those living in council-run homes, new studies have concluded.
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