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London Housing Panel members

Does your organisation work with people affected by the housing crisis in London? Can your group help bring their perspectives, to work together and influence the Mayor’s housing policy? We’re keen to hear from you.

The London Housing Panel has a vacancy for up to two new member organisations. Members enhance the panel’s collective expertise and experience, making sure it’s inclusive of all Londoners.

Apply before Monday 10 June 12pm

About the Panel

The London Housing Panel was set up in 2019 to enable London’s voluntary & community sector and the communities it serves to influence the capital’s housing policies and practices1. Trust for London and the Mayor of London jointly fund and support the Panel’s work, with funding in place to March 2025.

The panel provides the voluntary and community sector with a structured way of engaging with the Greater London Authority (GLA), and gives the GLA a clear way to engage with the sector on housing policy. There are currently 13 members from a distinctive mix of voluntary and community organisations.

Three principles guide the panel’s work:

  • There is an urgent need to build more social housing in London to tackle its housing crisis and we will always push for prioritising the building of and increasing the amount of social rented housing over other forms of tenure.
  • By understanding the needs and aspirations of all Londoners, including those who are living most vulnerably, we can ensure house building creates better longer-term outcomes for Londoners.
  • In addition to the building of new, stable homes at social rent, we want more action taken now to address homelessness, particularly statutory homelessness.

Since summer 2022, the panel runs member-led working groups that tackle issues of interest jointly with the GLA and other stakeholders. At the moment these focus on housing supply, bringing voice into housing policy and temporary accommodation.

Find out more about the London Housing Panel.

Being a member of the London Housing Panel

The panel meets four times a year, with members, a chair, representatives from the GLA and normally the Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Residential Development (currently Tom Copley) and sometimes other guests attending.

Taking into account preparation time, each meeting lasts up to a half-day. Panel members also join at least one working group (these meet online; their frequency varies), and attend a small number of other meetings on specific topics as well as responding to consultations as required.

Member profile

  • All members of the panel, including the chair, make sure that London voices feed into and out of the panel’s thinking and actions.
  • Members tap into their own communities and networks for consultation, feedback and raising new issues.
  • Collaboration is key. Members are expected to negotiate a balance between their own specialisms/communities of interest and the collective view of the panel.
  • Member representatives also bring their own passions and perspectives as individuals.
  • Panel member organisations, especially those that are smaller, have more limited resources and would not otherwise be able to participate in the panel’s work, are able to claim an annual fee of £1,000.

Panel meetings are generally in-person or hybrid (via Teams or Zoom). In-person meetings usually take place at the Trust for London offices at 4 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4UP (near Moorgate tube station in the City of London). These offices are fully accessible.

Meeting papers are normally made available two weeks in advance of full panel meetings. We are happy to support any addtional accessibility needs.

Membership of the panel is held by organisations, rather than individuals.

Member organisations must:

  • be based and operate in London.
  • commit an appropriate lead representative to attend meetings.
  • provide services, representation or carry out advocacy (in the sense of policy, research or campaigning) work to improve the situation of Londoners and especially those on low incomes.
  • have a proven commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting the voices of people directly affected by housing issues.
  • be able to demonstrate a track record of working collaboratively with other organisations and acting accountably and transparently with others.
  • not be affiliated to a party-political organisation.

Vacancy

The panel can have up to 15 member organisations, that cover a range of perspectives.

This is an open recruitment round, and so we welcome a diverse range of perspectives from applicant organisations. We do have some gaps on the panel at the moment, and so would welcome applications from groups that represent:

  • migrants/refugees
  • older people
  • leaseholders, in particular shared ownership leaseholders.

We also welcome the chance to bring in member representatives with lived experience of the housing crisis (whether a staff member or volunteer from member groups) into our discussions, where this can be done well and safely.

Preference will be given to groups that give a platform to and involve the people they serve in meaningful ways in the running of their organisations.

To apply

Submit an expression of interest using the online form, setting out why the organisation wants to become a member of the panel, and what it can bring to the work.

We encourage interested organisations to get in touch for a chat before applying. Please contact Susie Dye, grants manager (susie@trustforlondon.org.uk, 07932 578112).

Key dates

Monday 10 June (12pm): Deadline for expressions of interest

Tuesday 2 July: Online interview with chair and up to three other members

Tuesday 3 September: Next full London Housing Panel