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The Scrutiny Panel is a mix of owner-occupiers and tenants who work together to help shape and improve our services.

Members bring a variety of different skills and perspectives to the group and focus on a particular service or issue.

They carry out an in-depth review of what is working and what might need improving which may involve interviewing staff, researching what other housing associations are doing, and listening to residents’ views.

The Panel then produce a report with recommendations that are shared with management. They meet once a month on a Monday evening at our offices.

It is not all about meetings though. Members have visited Wrekin Housing Trust, carried out phone interviews with West Kent Homes, and visited Port Sunlight. And there is much more….

Many panel members have developed wider interests and there are opportunities to do more than reviews.

For example, panel members engaged with the Government’s Social Housing green paper “A new deal for Social Housing” and sent both a written response (Social Housing Green Paper – BVT Scrutiny Panel Response) as well as a representative to engagement events in Birmingham.

A former chair of the Panel also wrote an article for Inside Housing magazine and was then invited to run a workshop at the Northern Housing Consortium’s eighth National Tenant Panels Conference.

If you are interested in joining the Panel, please Register Your Interest

You can read the Panel’s latest reports here:

Scrutiny Panel Report – Management of Fire Risk at BVT

Scrutiny Panel Report – Shops’ Contribution to Building Successful and Sustainable Communities

If you would like further information about any of the above reports, including detailed appendices, please contact our Community team by emailing communityadmin@bvt.org.uk

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