There are 260 on the waiting list. Three tenants now help regularly as mentors and three local associations have designed their own website as a result of the programme one full time tutor runs the learning programme which is marketed through our tenants’ magazine, Homelife. The programme is been funded directly by the Department for Education and Employment, so no rent money is used in the project. Residents Online has won a National Housing Award for resident involvement and the National Communications in Housing Award. The project was featured on TV as example of what the government is trying to achieve through spreading internet skills in the community.
The first question asked about how much money and other resources are available for tenant participation. This is because the research found that the amount of resources made a conveyancing lawyers real difference to what could be achieved. The figures in the question 1 include all expenditure on tenant participation except the cost of staff salaries. but as will be seen, not all the resources have to be in cash, and not all the cash has to come from rents. By providing resources such as help with outside fundraising, tenants can get access to other funds. It is also important for tenants to be involved in prioritising the use of resources, as what may seem important to the landlord may not be the tenants’ first priority.
The research did find that large urban local authorities were more likely to be spending £8+ per tenancy – but this was not universal. Smaller organisations, both urban and rural, and both RSLs and councils, could and did spend these sorts of amounts, and this was reflected in their practice a start-up grant, usually with other kinds of support, to help a group get started. Amounts ranged from £50 to £200, or were sometimes a promise to pay for certain facilities like a meeting space for the first meeting.
An administration grant, paid every year to cover the cost of running the group, and to ensure that committee members and other activists were not out of pocket. These grants were usually either a block amount (ranging from £50 to £500) or based on the number of households, with amounts ranging from 75p per household, to £2, or a combination of the two.