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New Babergh and Mid Suffolk Tenants’ Forum set for first meeting

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Mid Suffolk and Babergh Council tenants are being urged to attend a meeting next week which will see the formation of a new forum for both councils.

The meeting, taking place on Tuesday at 6pm in the Chamberlin Hall, Bildeston, will see the formal closure of the two existing and separate Babergh and Mid Suffolk Forums.

Elections will be held for the positions chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and forum committee, who will then act on behalf of all tenants of the new Babergh and Mid Suffolk Tenants’ Forum.

The forum will discuss issues affecting tenants, and also acts as a consultative group, allowing officers from the councils talk about new policy and procedures before being adopted.

Keith Wykes, current Chair of the Mid Suffolk Tenants’ Forum said: “I can’t stress enough the importance of groups like this that work openly with officers to really influence and change the way in which they work.

“I have been active on the Forum now for six years and that time has been very rewarding. By giving a few hours every month, you could change the way services are delivered, making them better for all tenants. As we say, if you don’t speak up, things can’t change. “

Ted Ingilby, current Chair of the Babergh Tenants’ Forum said: “I’ve been a tenant of Babergh for over 16 years now and in that time; have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Forum.

“By being part of the group, you’ll get to meet other tenants from across the districts and also learn about the two councils and how they work.

“You’ll also be given the chance to respond to all sorts of proposed changes and discuss these changes direct with staff.”

Those who get involved with the forum can get free training and claim back expenses.

For more information, contact the resident involvement officer on 01449 724781 or email victoria.smy@midsuffolk.gov.uk

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