How Constituency Tenant Groups are run
This page picks out and summarises the key parts of the Code of Governance for Birmingham's Constituency Tenant Groups (CTGs).
· the group is set up
· it exercises its powers and responsibilities
· as a group and as individuals members behave towards each other and towards others
· the group is open, fair and accountable.
· Constitution (including code of conduct and standing orders)
· Activities List
· Recruitment Policy
· Training and Development Policy
· Appraisal Policy.
They must therefore be able to prove that they are democratically run, fair and accountable for their actions.
There are 10 CTGs and the council has a duty to ensure that tenant involvement at this level is consistent throughout Birmingham.
The code is identical for every CTG.
Individual CTGs may put forward suggestions for changing any document that is part of the code as part of their annual developmental review. Other CTG's would then be consulted and any changes approved by the council and implemented across all CTGs.
It sets out:
· the size, powers and responsibilities of the CTG
· how the CTG will develop the skills and competencies of its members
· how membership will be renewed
· how members can be disqualified
· valuing equality and diversity
· relations with the council.
If CTGs are to work effectively they must enjoy a sound reputation with tenants and with the council. Others are often quick to judge those in formal positions in the community. It is important that they are not given any genuine cause for criticism due to the poor behaviour of a few.
The Code of Conduct includes:
· avoiding conflict with and not pursuing personal interests as a member
· respecting diversity and the need for equality of treatment
· mutual respect between members and of council staff
· good standards of behaviour
· confidentiality of information
· how press and public statements are handled on group matters.
· how the CTG will be chaired
· how meetings are called and administered (See also separate Quick Administration Guide)
· conduct at meetings - in keeping with the general standards expected in the Code of Governance
· declarations of personal interests
· confidential business
· improving delivery of the council's housing service and linked services in the constituency
· monitoring performance
· developing and renewing the Constituency Tenant Involvement Agreement and maintaining a strategic overview of tenant involvement activity.