Tenants & Residents Associations (TRA’s) have enjoyed a long history in Sandwell. Long before tenant participation (TP) became a buzz word within social housing, Tenants and Residents groups were in active in the borough - petitioning the Local Authority landlord for speedy repairs and major improvements, such as central heating and double glazing.
In the dark and distant past, the relationship between TRA's and their landlords was somewhat chequered. Tenant’s rights that are taken for granted today were major triumphs that were hard won by a fledgling tenant movement. Unlike many other Local Authorities at that time, Sandwell had an unusually progressive view towards tenant involvement - and provided basic support to those wishing to form aTRA. Nevertheless, the majority of tenants (locally and nationally), seeking to improve things for themselves and their neighbours were often met with resistance and official barriers.
The emergence of national tenant organisations, greatly assisted the development of local TRA's and other tenant led organisations. In Sandwell this process really began to take off when a group of like minded tenants formed Sandwell Tenants & Residents Federation (STRF). Over the course of time this umbrella organisation in the borough would evolve into SCIPS.
There was now the mechanism for tenants to build skills to:-