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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.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 Housing

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 have
  • 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 you make

 

What commitments are members required to make?

  • Attend resident scrutiny committee meetings
  • 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 to:

  • 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.
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