A NEW panel of tenants and residents set up to scrutinise housing services in Kirklees has finished its second review.

This looked at issues relating to grounds maintenance in empty council homes.

The panel, which is run by the Kirklees Federation of Tenant and Resident Associations, with support from the council’s scrutiny team, is part of a national drive to make sure landlords continue to provide quality services to their customers, now that Government inspections have been abolished.

In their report, members made a number of recommendations to further improve standards, which Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), has agreed to.

Speaking on behalf of the panel, chairman June Cade said: “We are pleased that KNH has responded to our recommendations in such a positive manner and although we are disappointed that not all of our suggestions can be actioned we recognise the reasons why and welcome the willingness of KNH to work with panel members on further improving elements of the service.”