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From everyone at ETF

ETF High Flats Meeting

Plans for housing in Edinburgh

Are you interested in hearing what the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) has planned for housing in Edinburgh over the coming years?  Then why not come along to the ETF High Flats Meeting, which will take place on Monday 3rd December 2018, 7.00pm-9.00pm, Birnies Court Community Room, Muirhouse View.  There you will hear from Councillor Adam McVey, Leader of CEC and Councillor Kate Campbell, Convenor of the Housing and Economy Committee, CEC who will be speaking about future housing plans in Edinburgh.  There will also be an opportunity to give an update on what is happening in your area.

Bookings can be made by clicking here or email by clicking here.

Draft Tenant Participation Strategy

Involving You

Would you like to play your part in helping to shape future housing services in Edinburgh? The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) will shortly be consulting on its Tenant Participation Strategy and this is an ideal opportunity to have your say on aspects such as:
  • How can CEC encourage more people to become involved locally?
  • How are tenants able to take part, if they want to, and influence decisions that affect them?
  • What support and resources do tenants need to take part?
  • How are tenants able to help to develop quality services?
  • What works well and what doesn't?
If you have any thoughts or would like to play your part in helping to formulate ETF's response to the draft Tenant Participation Strategy, please email Mark Henry by clicking here.

You can download a copy of CEC's draft Tenant Participation Strategy by clicking here.

Edinburgh Registered Social Landlords Residents Network

We want you!

Are you a tenant of a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) living in Edinburgh and do any of the following apply to you?
  • I have some spare time;
  • I am interested in carrying out some volunteer work;
  • I am interested in social housing in Edinburgh;
  • I want to help make a difference in people's lives.
The Edinburgh RSL Residents Network was set up in April 2015 to improve social housing standards in Edinburgh.  The Network is run wholly by tenants/residents of RSLs in Edinburgh.  At present we are currently looking for volunteers to join our committee and to help us achieve our goals.

If this is something you are interested in or would simply like more information, please contact the Network's Secretary Terry Kirby by clicking here or phone 07806 818857.
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The Future of Social Housing in Scotland
The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a consultation paper on proposals for how it regulates social housing in Scotland.  The consultation runs until Friday 14th December 2018.  You can find out more about the consultation by emailing here.  A copy of the discussion paper can be downloaded by clicking here.
Farewell to Mari
ETF were sad to lose the services of our Outreach Worker, Mari Lehva.  Mari started working with ETF in November 2017 and has been instrumental in working with tenants' groups across the city.  She was very popular with staff, EC members and volunteers.  Mari will shortly be returning to her home country of Finland.  On behalf of everyone at ETF we would like to wish Mari all the best for the future.
ETF Blog
This month's blog comes to us from Sharon Robertson, who is a CEC tenant living in Gorgie.  Sharon and three other CEC tenants recently visited the new Social Security Scotland office in Dundee to find out a bit more about the work they are currently involved in.  Sharon's blog gives an account of that visit and can be viewed by clicking here.

If you're a tenant, work in housing, interested in community development or just plain passionate about where you live, then why not become one of our guest bloggers? If you're interested in contributing a blog or would like more information, please email by clicking here.  Some useful hints and tips for writing blogs can be found by clicking here.
Tenants Voice: Call for articles
Are you involved in an exciting initiative in your area or would simply like to share an example of good practice? If so then why not submit an article for our forthcoming Tenants Voice?  The deadline for material for the next issue is Monday 28th January 2018.  Articles and letters for publication should be sent into the Federation office at Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY, or email by clicking here.

A copy of the most recent edition of Tenants Voice an be viewed by clicking here.
Improving Rent Collection with Tenants
Tenants' groups can have a funded conversation about democracy. You can get up to £300 to hold a small local event for people and it’s not taxing to apply. The Scottish Government Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund provides grants of up to £300 (in exceptional circumstances up to £500) to small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them run an event with a group of five or more people to discuss what matters to them in relation to democracy. To apply and find out more please visit the website by clicking here.
ETF Opening Hours
The Federation Office closes on Friday 21st December 2018 at 2.00pm and re-opens on Monday 7th January 2019 at 9.00am.  On behalf of everyone at ETF, we would like to wish all our Tenants a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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