A former Generation Rent campaigner is now working as an advisor shaping private rented sector policy at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Caitlin Wilkinson – policy advisor for the private rented sector – was policy and public affairs manager at the campaigning group for two years and formerly responsible for developing Generation Rent’s policy proposals around safer housing.
She joined the group after volunteering on the campaign to end Section 21 evictions and previously worked at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.
There is evidently a cross-over between the campaigning group and public office as its director Baroness Alicia Kennedy was previously a Labour peer.
Step down However, she is due to step down from her role and Generation Rent is recruiting for her replacement which it says presents, “an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic and committed team to radically improve the lives of Britain’s private renters at a moment of huge political opportunity”.
The successful candidate – on a £57,000 salary – will be expected to lead the organisation and strengthen its position as “a leading participant in the housing debate”.
This winter it has been calling for stronger action from the government to raise energy efficiency standards in private rented homes, ensure grants are available for fuel poor households and supporting tenants to ask their landlords for improvements.
It has also been campaigning for a rent freeze and says that thanks to its collective action, the government has promised to scrap Section 21.
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