Tenants playing an active role in their own future

TACKLING THE REAL ISSUES: pictured at the event (l-r) are Mary Castles, executive director of housing and social work services at NLC; Anne McGhee, chairwoman of North Lanarkshire Federation of Tenants and Residents; Councillor Kaye Harmon, vice convener of housing and social work services at NLC; Steve Kelly, Morrisons Scotland; Elaine McHugh, head of housing services at NLC; John Reynolds, Saltire and Kenny McGinty, Morrisons.
TACKLING THE REAL ISSUES: pictured at the event (l-r) are Mary Castles, executive director of housing and social work services at NLC; Anne McGhee, chairwoman of North Lanarkshire Federation of Tenants and Residents; Councillor Kaye Harmon, vice convener of housing and social work services at NLC; Steve Kelly, Morrisons Scotland; Elaine McHugh, head of housing services at NLC; John Reynolds, Saltire and Kenny McGinty, Morrisons.

WELFARE reform was the main talking point at this year’s North Lanarkshire Council’s tenants’ conference.

Around 160 people attended the event to discuss the key issues, take part in workshops and listen to speakers.

Councillor Kaye Harmon, vice convener of housing and social work services at NLC, said: “I thought it was a fantastic event and was delighted to see real enthusiasm from tenants and representatives from the area’s tenants and residents groups.

“It’s great to see people being actively involved in the services that affect them and I’m really keen to see many more tenants playing a part in shaping housing services. I would like to thank those who came along for their time and their feedback which we will use when delivering future services.”

Those attending took part in workshops including a modernised repairs service; tackling antisocial behaviour; housing for older people and welfare reform changes and how they will affect people.

Mary Castles, executive director of housing and social work services at NLC, said: “One of the main topics discussed was the Government’s welfare reform changes and the impact this has on local communities.

“Financial challenges are being experienced by everyone and it’s important that tenants find out what these changes are and how these may impact on them.”

The conference - which was sponsored by Saltire and Morrison Scotland - also included the presentation of the estate awards, where the best gardens across North Lanarkshire were honoured.