Generation Rent invests in campaigning firepower after funding boost

Written by Rod Muir on 24 May 2018 in News

The lobby group has as policy and public affairs manager and a new campaigns officer.

Housing campaign group Generation Rent has boosted its campaigning firepower with two news appointments after securing new funding.

The group, which is pubshing for a better deal for provate renters, has brought in Hannah Slater as policy and public affairs manager. A former policy officer at Children England, she replaces the outgoing Seb Klier.

It has also appointed Jacob Mukherjee as campaigns officer. He previously ran Demand the Impossible, a training course for young activists, and co-founded the campaign group Take Back The City.

The organisation’s board has also recruited three new members, including a new chair, Ian Mulheirn, who replaces Bernard Collier. Mulheirn is a former director of the Social Market Foundation think tank. Also joining the board is Citizens Advice campaigns and public affairs officer Nimisha-Darren Mirchly.

It comes as Generation Rent has received grants from the Oak Foundation, Trust for London and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The lobby group said the finding will enable it “to campaign for policies to improve life for private renters and support the development of the renters’ movement over the next three years”.

Generation Rent director Dan Wilson Craw said: “These grants are a huge vote of confidence in Generation Rent’s work to date and the approach we are taking to make renting better.

“The new members of the staff team bring the experience we need to make the most of this generous funding. They will be supported by new board members who have valuable backgrounds in policy, voluntary sector leadership, the legal system and the front line of the housing crisis.”

Mulheirn said: “It is a pivotal time to be joining Generation Rent. It has become clear in recent years that for millions of families, far from being a temporary arrangement, renting is now a long-term affair. Yet renters continue to be treated like second-class citizens, often putting up with unsafe homes, minimal security, and unfair rent hikes.

"Policymakers should stop obsessing about home ownership and start enabling people to make their private rented house a home. Generation Rent has a central role to play in showing the way forward.”

 

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