Release Date: 15-Jul-2008
Council tenants from across Kirklees had a chance to say how housing funds should be spent improving their homes and estates last week (8 July).
They were taking part in the annual investment conference, run jointly by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) and the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (KFTRA).
Around 140 people attended the event, including tenant representatives from across Kirklees. Guest speakers included Cora Carter MBE, Chair of KNH and KFTRA; Simon Rogers, KNH Chief Executive; Cllr Elizabeth Smaje, Kirklees Council’s lead member for housing; and Tony Hood, the Director of Adults & Communities at the Council.
The main guest speaker this year was Iain Wright MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing. Mr Wright talked about what the future might hold for arms-length housing companies like KNH. He also commended KNH’s record, achieving a three-star, excellent rating from the Government’s Housing Inspectorate and bringing over 21,000 homes up to decent standard on budget and on schedule.
After the opening speeches, those attending could choose from several workshops on estate improvements, local services, energy efficiency and maintaining decent homes standards.
The workshops gave people the chance to share ideas and give their views about how spending should be prioritized and services developed.
The key outcomes from the conference will be summarised in a feedback pack that will be sent to all who attended. Progress will be monitored by the joint KNH/KFTRA Quality Homes Group.