We know that where you live is about more than just bricks and mortar. Our homes and local places are really important for our wellbeing and sense of belonging. Many of us have been spending more time at home this year. We know it’s been a difficult time for many people, so we wanted to say thank you to all the tenants and leaseholders who have taken the time to tell us what it’s really like to live in your council home and local place.
‘How good is your home and your local place?’ was organised by staff from Kirklees Council and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH). We used a tool called the “Place Standard”, which is a way of thinking about any place by using some simple questions, based on 14 themes. It’s all about your experience of your local place.
We also asked tenants and leaseholders how housing services in Kirklees should be managed in the future and how you’d like to be involved. What participants told us has informed the final decision by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet on 20th October 2020 to bring the housing services managed by KNH together with wider council services.
We sent a printed questionnaire to every KNH tenant and leaseholder in Kirklees. There were also other ways to take part – by talking through your experiences on the phone, by completing an online questionnaire or by taking part in an online group discussion (these were designed for communities where we had received fewer comments at the time).
citizens took part
What people said about their home and local place
Have a look at our results summaries to see what people said:
A summary of what participants said about their home and local place, including all 14 themes, overall average scores and the number of comments.
Graphs showing the options participants chose for questions about the future of housing services and how you would like to be involved.
How participants scored the 14 themes, including differences for age groups, gender, ethnicity, disability and place.
Download our data
You can also look at the results in more detail by downloading our data.
- How good is your home and your local place – full raw data (GoogleSheets)
- How good is your home and your local place – theme score data by place (GoogleSheets)
- How good is your home and your local place – theme score data by age, gender, ethnicity and disability (GoogleSheets)
- Moving around – 913 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Public transport – 1,017 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Traffic and parking – 1,157 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Streets and spaces – 1,090 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Natural space – 892 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Play and recreation – 876 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Facilities and amenities – 802 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Work and local economy – 749 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Housing and community – 2,472 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Social contact – 855 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Identity and belonging – 783 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Feeling safe – 1,065 comments (GoogleDocs)
- Care and maintenance – 1,078 people comments (GoogleDocs)
- Influence and sense of control – 1,265 comments (GoogleDocs)
We have removed any information which affects people’s privacy (for example, where participants have included people’s names or very specific places).
What happens next?
We are also exploring new and improved ways of listening to and involving tenants and leaseholders. This includes ways of hearing from younger tenants, those from different communities and places, children of tenants and young families. Your valuable input will help shape local services and priorities.
We’ll use what we learned to work with you to improve our local places. We’ll be working with tenants and leaseholders, local councillors, local residents and partner organisations to act on what you’ve said.
To find out more or to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: 01484 223219.