The Housing Policy Panel
A consultative body to the Department for Communities
To fulfill our role as the Independent Tenant Organisation (ITO) for Northern Ireland, Supporting Communities regularly convenes a Housing Policy Panel made up of tenant representatives from the social housing sector.
The Housing Policy Panel acts in a consultative function to the Department for Communities (DfC), focusing on social housing-related matters.
To successfully carry out this role, the Panel has developed an action plan that will form the basis of its development and enable the Panel to reflect on achievements year on year.
Role of Panel Members
To represent the interests of social housing tenants in the development and review of departmental policies
To provide a voice to ensure that tenants' rights and concerns are represented and taken into account
Membership of the Panel is voluntary, although a travel and subsistence allowance will be payable
Key Skills required of Panel Members
Experience and understanding of the social housing sector
Listening, reading, and assessing information and identify critical points/issues
Analysing information and use it to form opinions and conclusions
Disseminate information and collate responses from within their business area to present any issues back to the Panel for discussion
The Chairperson of the Housing Policy Panel will also fulfill the role of Tenant Advocate as described in the Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland. In addition, this person will be responsible for the smooth running of Housing Policy Panel meetings, allowing all Housing Policy Panel members to have their say and ensure meetings adhere to the group's terms of reference. We will elect a chairperson when in-person meetings become possible.
Find out more about the role and the duties of the Chairperson/Tenant Advocate.