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Housing Ombudsman appoints new 1,500 strong Resident Panel

The Ombudsman has appointed its new Resident Panel, with over 1,500 residents, to share their views on how the sector can improve.
Richard Blakeway (002)

There will be four meetings a year, with various specialist sub groups throughout the year to give the Ombudsman insight on a range of key topics from service development to Spotlight reports. Members will also be asked for their views through surveys and questionnaires – including responding to key consultations and our annual resident survey.

The Panel’s membership represents all nine regions of England, with a strong presence from across the country, and the various types of member landlord. The wide age range, from 16-24 years old to over 65, ethnicity and gender split in the applications strongly aligns with social housing demographics. The appointments are for three years.

The Panel sits alongside landlord engagement activities by the Ombudsman service, including plans to develop a landlord sounding board as part of the forthcoming Corporate Plan period. You can find out more information on their Resident Panel page.

Richard Blakeway, Housing Ombudsman, said: “It is fantastic to see such an enthusiastic and broad response from residents to join the Resident Panel.

“The Panel has been instrumental in helping us to improve access and awareness of the service and the establishment of a new Complaint Handling Code.

“This Panel will have a unique opportunity to be part of all of that and more, with specialist discussion groups tackling some of the big topics we see in housing such as anti-social behaviour and shared ownership.

“By having a Panel as large as this, we hope that the strength of resident voice will be apparent in our development alongside our engagement with landlords.”

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