EXPERTS have named two Huddersfield women as the most influential people in social housing.
The two, Cora Carter and Yvonne Hutchinson, were among 25 key campaigners picked for magazine Inside Housing’s ‘Hall of Fame’.
The pair were judged by six experts, selected by the national housing magazine, to have had the biggest impact on social housing policy in the last 25 years.
Other movers and shakers on the list were the former deputy prime minister John Prescott and Conservative ex-housing minister Sir George Young.
Mrs Carter, 74, of Cowlersley, helped start a tenants’ group on her estate almost 25 years ago.
The great-grandmother has helped transform her estate from an area plagued by anti-social behaviour, through work with her community, especially its young people.
She helped set up KFTRA (Kirklees Federation of Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations) in November 1987 where she is now chairman.
Mrs Carter, who was honoured with an MBE in January, is also a founder member and secretary of the Tenants’ and Residents’ Organisations of England and is involved with a group to set up the National Tenant Voice.
Mrs Carter said: “I’m very proud that we as tenants have had that input into housing and still have.
“When I started the association I hadn’t a clue what a tenants’ association was.
“Things were stacked against you in those days. You couldn’t get credit or even a job if you gave your address.
“We worked hard to lift the stigma. We shouldn’t be ashamed and we should be able to hold our heads up.”
Also selected was Yvonne Hutchinson, of Brackenhall.
As a single mother on a Bradford council estate Yvonne Hutchinson fought against a scheme to encourage better-off tenants to move out of her estate.
In 1994, she and a friend and set up the Ripleyville Tenants’ Association, which won £3m to regenerate her neighbourhood.
The Government admired her efforts and invited her to apply for board membership of the Housing Corporation, on which she served from 1998 to 2005.
There she formed the community development consultancy Community Chameleon, moving to Huddersfield.
She is also secretary of Lower Fixby Residents’ Association.
Miss Hutchinson, 44, said: “The panel thought I’d made a contribution, but I just plod on! It was very flattering.”