Fifteen leading organisations from across the voluntary and community sectors will form the new independent London Housing Panel – with direct input into mayoral policy.
Established jointly with independent charity Trust for London, the panel builds on work by Sadiq Khan, Deputy Mayor James Murray, and senior City Hall officials meeting with tenants, campaigners and other interested parties, to help inform policy on housing issues including estate regeneration and the government’s recent Social Housing Green Paper.
Panel chair Raji Hunjan, CEO of anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K), will also join the Mayor’s Homes for Londoners board to ensure the panel’s views are represented.
“The 15 organisations represented on this panel work to empower communities and individuals who have faced unacceptable housing problems, which include poor conditions, discrimination and unaffordable rent,” said Hunjan.
“As chair, I am looking forward to using our collective knowledge and diversity of expertise to influence the Mayor’s housing policies.
“All Londoners should benefit from more housing stability, despite their income or their circumstances.”
Organisations have been appointed to the panel, rather than individual representatives, apart from the chair who will serve in an individual capacity.
The full membership of the panel is:
Chair: Raji Hunan – Zaccheus 2000 Trust
- Camden Community Law Centre
- Disability Advice Service Lambeth
- Action on Empty Homes
- Generation Rent
- Homeless Link
- Just for Kids Law (JfKL), including Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)
- Kineara CIC
- Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
- London Federation of Housing Co-operatives
- London Gypsies and Travellers
- London Tenants Federation
- New Horizon Youth Centre
- Solace Women’s Aid
- The Connection at St. Martin-in-the Fields
- Tonic Living CIC
The Panel will meet for the first time on 25th June.