Chair and Vice-Chair together with a number of members of the ARCH
Tenants Group attended the launch of a joint manifesto published by
ARCH and the NFA. The manifesto, entitled "For a Council Housing Renaissance"
was launched at a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday
3 February ahead of the forthcoming General Election in May. The
document argues that councils and council housing can and should
play a much bigger role in ensuring that there are enough adequate
homes for everyone in our country, regardless of income.
The joint manifesto has the support of both organisations who have
come together for the first time to campaign for a better deal for
council tenants and those in need of council housing. The two
organisations together representing well over 1million tenants and
by coming together to speak with one voice on some of the key
issues facing stock retained councils they hope to have a strong
influence on MP's thinking and on the government's housing agenda
in the next parliament after May.
Like any jointly agreed document the manifesto is built on areas of
consensus between the two organisations, however the ARCH Tenants
Group and ARCH tenants have had a very strong influence on the
priorities contained in the joint manifesto which reflects some of
the key priorities and recommendations that were discussed by ARCH
tenants at the last ARCH Tenants Conference.
ARCH and the NFA will continue to campaign separately on those
issues where the interests and priorities of their members and
Jenny Hill, Chair of ARCH Tenants Group said:
'I am delighted that the views of tenants attending the ARCH
tenants conference and the ARCH Tenants Group have helped to
produce this manifesto and that so many ARCH member organisations
attended the launch of the Manifesto at the House of
These are the
recommendations that came out of the Tenants' Conference held
in September 2014 and this is the Manifesto launched on
the 3 February 2015 showing how they have been fed into the Joint