Joining the Resident Scrutiny Committee
Any Waltham Forest Housing's tenant or
leaseholder who is not an Waltham Forest Housing Board member
or an employee of Waltham Forest Housing can potentially take
part in resident scrutiny.
Applicants must demonstrate they are able to
make a commitment to the group to put in the time and effort
required to be a member. They will also be put through a
recruitment process aimed to determine their training needs.
However, there are still some Waltham
Forest Housing residents who are not eligible.
You cannot apply if:
- You are a Waltham Forest Housing board
member or sit on the board of another housing organisation
- You are an existing or potential Waltham
Forest Housing business partner
- You are employed by Waltham Forest
What are the benefits of joining?
- Improve your CV, gain new
skills and learn more about the social housing sector
- Gain exclusive access
to Waltham Forest Housing which other residents do not
- Meet with the Executive
Management Team during a scrutiny project and challenge them about
the running of the service.
- Change your neighbourhood and
improve the service you are provide, through the recommendations
What commitments are members required to
- Attend resident scrutiny
- Prepare for meetings in
advance when required
- Participate in ongoing
training sessions and workshops
- Attend events on behalf of the
committee and organisation
Do you receive any training?
Committee members are required to reach the
same standard of competence as Waltham Forest Housing Board
Members. This is known as the “A Standard”. Training is ongoing and
programmes are individually tailored to support each person to
reach their potential.
How often does the committee meet?
The Resident Scrutiny Committee meets at least
every two months. During a review, this may be more often. The
committee aims to complete at least two reviews each year.
Do you get paid?
Resident Scrutiny Committee members are
currently not paid however, a wider policy on rewards and
incentives is being considered for 2015/16. Although, it is a
voluntary position, we do not want our members to be out of pocket
and reimburse any reasonable costs they incur while participating
in scrutiny activity including childcare costs.
Conflict of Interest
Any conflicts of interest should be disclosed at
the beginning of each meeting. These include, but are not limited
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- Rent Arrears: Any resident who
has under 4 weeks rent arrears and is complying with any payment
agreement with Waltham Forest Housing and has complied with it
for a minimum of 6 months (and continues to do so) should be
eligible to stand/serve.
- Leaseholders Arrears:
Any leaseholder with arrears will be asked to stand down aside from
activity on service reviews until the arrears are resolved.
- Complaints: Members who have a
‘live’ complaint with Ascham Homes should stand aside from activity
on service reviews until the complaint is resolved.