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Tenants' Voice - Improving Services Annual Report

We are delighted to have a group of tenants who volunteer their time to look at the services we provide from a tenant's perspective.

The Tenants' Voice - Improving Services group carries out a vital role to make sure:

They have helped us create this annual report to help others understand what they do and what they have achieved over the past year.

Here is what they have told us.

Read our scrutiny reviews:

We decided to review the Community Safety service after tenant satisfaction was lower than 85%.

We decided to focus our review on:

  • How easy is it for a tenant to report anti-social behaviour (ASB)
  • How tenant expectations are managed when tackling ASB issues
  • How tenant satisfaction is obtained and used to improve the service

To carry out the review, we:

  • Received a briefing from Progress Housing Group colleagues telling us how reports of ASB are responded to
  • Looked at information on the website
  • Looked at standard letters
  • Looked at how satisfaction information is received and used

We found that the following areas were working well:

  • There is clear information on the website about the service and what tenants can expect
  • It is easy to report ASB issues
  • Tenants are told if their complaint is classed as level 1 or level 2 and when they can expect to get a response from the Community Safety Team
  • Tenants and the Community Safety Team agree on what the next steps will be
  • There is an app that can be used to record noise issues on a mobile device
  • All tenants using the service receive a satisfaction survey

We also made nine recommendations on how the service could be improved further to provide a better experience for tenants.

Since completing the review, seven recommendations have been implemented, with two being progressed.

The completed recommendations have seen an improvement in the standard letters being used. They are now in plain English with a summary box, which clearly highlights information to tenants.

A link to the 24/7 Life & Progress tenant support and wellbeing service is also promoted on the Community Safety section of the website and included on all community safety letters sent to tenants.

Information on the website has also been improved, providing a link to the community trigger for all local councils and a link to testimonials from tenants who have had support from the service.

Tola, Head of Operations, told us why she valued the review carried out by tenants: “We welcomed this review of how we deliver the Community Safety service, particularly as some of the tenants involved in the review had direct experience of anti-social behaviour and how we deal with it.

We hope the improvements made will be positively received and will make a real difference to tenants experiencing anti-social behaviour.”

We chose to review the out-of-hours service, looking particularly at:

  • How easy is it for a tenant to contact the out-of-hours service
  • How tenant expectations of the service are managed
  • How satisfied tenants are with the service

To carry out the review, we:

  • Received a briefing from Progress Housing Group colleagues telling us how the out-of-hours service is delivered
  • Looked at the information available on the website
  • Looked at information relating to the service, including call data, training resources, and policies
  • Looked at tenant satisfaction information

We found that the following areas were working well:

  • It is easy to contact the out-of-hours service
  • Calls are answered promptly, with an average wait time of under two minutes
  • Tenants are clearly advised that the service is for emergencies only
  • Tenants are clearly advised about the recharge policy and when this would be used
  • When a repair is ordered, tenants are advised it can be up to 24 hours before the repair is carried out

We also made six recommendations on how the service could be improved to provide a better experience for tenants.

Since completing the review, three recommendations have been implemented, with three being progressed.

The review has seen an improvement in the information provided on the website, including information about what an emergency repair is Emergency repairs | Progress Housing Group (

It also led to a change in process to make sure tenants receive a phonecall when someone is on their way to carry out the repair.

Neil, Service Delivery Manager, told us how the service has benefitted from the tenants’ review:

“It’s been really useful to work with our tenants to help us understand what is important to them, so that we can improve in the right areas that have the biggest impact. It has also been helpful to have positive tenant feedback, so that we can make sure we maintain those levels.”

'By being an involved tenant, I have new-found respect for housing staff. All the legislation that must be adhered to when writing policies is immense.

Being an involved tenant has given me other opportunities, such as the Levelling up Committee and Four Million Homes. The work is varied and interesting, and you feel you are contributing to improving tenants' lives in social housing.'

Julie, Tenant

Any tenant can join the Tenants’ Voice – Improving Services group. We will provide support and training for anyone interested.  

We also provide support from an independent mentor, Jayne Boote. She helps us by providing guidance and support when carrying out reviews and making sure:

  • The right questions are asked
  • The right information is provided 
  • Recommendations will have a positive impact on tenants and the service. 

'Progress Housing Group has always been strongly committed to providing independent support for tenants undertaking scrutiny. The benefit of this is that tenants can choose the scrutiny topics, scope out reviews, select scrutiny methods, and produce a report of their findings. The Board welcomes this approach as it provides valuable insight from tenants on how Progress is performing, particularly about tenant services.'

Jayne Boote, Independent Mentor

Over the next year, we will be carrying out a scrutiny review of two areas: the planned maintenance service and tenant communication.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Tenants’ Voice – Improving Services group, including how you can get involved or suggest a service for a scrutiny review, contact Diane from the Customer Voice Team at

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