Since 2014, the TDS Charitable Foundation has played a role to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS) through advancing education about housing rights and obligations. In that time, the charity has awarded over £800,000 to 60 projects in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The TDS CF has now released our 2022 TDS Charitable Foundation Annual Review highlighting the progress we have made in the period April to March 2022.
Highlights from the review include;
Co-funding the final year of a 3-year CACHE research programme, who published a suite of reports setting out the underlying issues in the operation of the PRS to help policymakers respond to the challenges
The Manchester CAB received further funding to develop and launch a multi-platform AdviceBot which has been used thousands of times
Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association were awarded £9,919 to run training for staff and volunteers to understand the PRS.
“We are in a critical decade on the road to improve standards in the private rented sector, and our new Annual Review shows our continued commitment to accelerate progress and become part of the solution.”
TDS CF will use a commissioning model for its Charitable Foundation funding in 2023. The Foundation will identify key areas of focus and invite applications that drive positive change in the PRS.
In October 2022, we commissioned Insight Advantage to conduct a Voice of the Tenant survey, in order to identify education and knowledge gaps among landlords and tenants and direct TDS Charitable Foundation resources to them. You may access this report here.