Eastbourne tenant in Westminster visit

Cecile Slater with Caroline Ansell in Eastbourne SUS-151028-110812001

Cecile Slater with Caroline Ansell in Eastbourne SUS-151028-110812001

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A council house tenant from Eastbourne has met with MPs in Westminster to discuss issues around social housing.

Cecile Slater, a resident of Eastbourne Homes, met with a number of newly elected MPs including Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell.

Cecile who is chair both the Old Town Area Panel and the Residents’ Voice committee, spoke about her experiences of working with Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) such as Eastbourne homes.

She said, “I was honoured to be invited as the local representative. All the tenants had an opportunity to ask questions and I really enjoyed the visit.

“It was very informative and showed me how high the tenant participation is at Eastbourne Homes compared to other ALMOs. We have many opportunities to have our say.

“I was also impressed by our local MP, Caroline Ansell. We spoke briefly at the event and more fully back in Eastbourne and I was pleased that she was not only very interested in Eastbourne Homes, but also very knowledgeable about ALMOs.”

The meeting was organised by the National Federation of ALMOs, which represent not-for-profit companies providing social housing to local councils.

Representatives for the federation, council tenants and MPs discussed how recent government changes have affected the social housing sector.

 Speaking after the meeting Caroline Ansell said, “It was such a pleasure to meet Cecile in Parliament and I look forward to working closely with her in the years to come on the issue of housing in Eastbourne.”

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