Paul Lusk

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Writhlington Residents Association run landscaping on behalf of their landlord, Curo Housing Association. A Community Cashback starter grant helped buy equipment to get going

Residents in control

Running their own local services, tenant and resident groups save on costs and control the cash landlords spend on management and maintenance. It's good for choice, value for money, community spirit and meeting local priorities.

Last year, Paul's advice helped 14 groups use the Community Cashback programme to shape their own local services. Greengate Housing Co-operative successfully completed its development stage, and can now offer residents of 460 Salford homes the chance of local control over a £1m budget. Springfield Horseshoe Co-op in Wolverhampton won a community mandate to carry on managing 300 homes. With the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations Paul piloted two modules for a new qualification for professional managers in tenant-led housing organisations.

 
Managing in a tenant controlled housing organisation: pilot course materials on governance and financial control available by clicking here
Performance information for tenant scrutiny: click here for material from National Communities Resources Centre courses
 

 

Local resident Peter Edginton puts a question at the Heath Big Local annual meeting

 

Peter Edgington puts a question at the Heath Big Local annual meeting on 21st November 2014

Heath Big Local in Uttoxeter held its second annual meeting in November. Residents backed their Partnership's plans to spend £1million of Lottery funds on locally chosen projects including green spaces, upgrading their community centre, and building a palliative care hub linked to a local hospice. A 'community chest' will offer grants for local benefit and starting new enterprises. Paul supported Heath Big Local as its 'Rep' through to getting Plan approval, and works with Local Trust on advising and assessing Big Local projects in the West Midlands.