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Vacancy: London Housing Panel representative from a DDPO

Author: London Housing Panel

The London Housing Panel is looking for a representative from a Deaf and Disabled People's Organisation (DDPO) or similar to join them.


Deadline: 27 November 2020

About the Panel

The London Housing Panel (the ‘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 practices’. Trust for London and the Mayor jointly funded and supported the Panel’s initial term to July 2020 and have recently committed to continuing to fund and support the Panel through to July 2021.

The London Housing Panel provides the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with a structured way of engaging with the GLA, and ensures the GLA has a clear mechanism for its engagement with the sector in relation to housing policy. It has 15 members drawn from a diverse range 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.

The Panel has identified three priority areas of work which are set out in their March 2020 publication Priorities for the Mayor. In June 2020 the Mayor responded to the Panel’s priorities in a letter that can be found here. You can find out more about the Panel and its members as well as accessing its minutes and papers here.

Being a member of the London Housing Panel

The Panel holds four meetings a year which, including preparation, last up to a half day as well as joining a small number of other meetings and responding to consultations as required.

  • All members of the Panel, including the Chair, have a responsibility to ensure that London voices feed into and out of the Panel’s thinking and actions.
  • They are expected to engage with their own communities and networks for consultation, feedback and raising new issues.
  • Members are also expected to negotiate a balance between their own specialisms/communities of interest and the collective view of the Panel.
  • They also bring their own passions and perspectives as individuals.

Members of the Panel are organisations. They must be based and operate in London; and must not be affiliated to a party-political organisation. They should provide services, representation or carry out advocacy work in relation to the Mayor’s housing priorities: building homes for Londoners; delivering genuinely affordable homes; high quality homes and inclusive neighbourhoods (including accessible homes); a fairer deal for private renters and leaseholders; and tackling homelessness and helping rough sleepers.

The Panel can have up to 15 members, who cover a range of perspectives. This invitation is specific to representation of Deaf and disabled people.

If you would like to apply, please complete an expression of interest using the below form and send to londonhousing@trustforlondon.org.uk.

This should set out why you want to join the Panel, and why you would be suitable as a representative from a Deaf and Disabled People's Organisation (DDPO) or similar, as well as provide two references. Please also return the equal opportunities form.

London Housing Panel, expression of interest form - November 2020Equal Opportunities Form for London Housing Panel

If you would like to discuss the position beforehand or if you would like any assistance in completing the expression of interest form, please contact londonhousing@trustforlondon.org.uk or 07941 924580 and a member of the team will get back to you.

Friday 27 November, 12noon: Deadline for expressions of interest
Tuesday 1 December: Informal interview with the Chair and 1 other
Thursday 3 December, 10am - 12noon: Next London Housing Panel meeting