Housing Policy Panel Members with Staff from Empowering Communities.

Housing Policy Panel Members with Staff from Empowering Communities.

To fulfil Supporting Communities role as the Independent Tenant Organisation for Northern Ireland, Empowering Communities 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), with a focus on social housing related matters.

In order to carry out this role successfully, the panel has developed an Action Plan which will form the basis of its development and enable the Panel to reflect on achievements year on year.


Read the HPP’s first Annual Report on its activities.


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 Members:

  • Experience and understanding of the social housing sector

  • Listen, read and assess information and identify key points/issues

  • Analyse information and use it to form opinions and conclusions

  • Disseminate information and collate responses from within their own business area with a view to presenting any issues back to the panel for discussion.