Birmingham City Council has put off plans to scrap a network of council tenants’ associations following an outcry from residents.
The Labour council leadership came under fire after announcing plans to replace housing liaison boards with district housing panels.
But now the authority has announced it is to roll back some of the changes, extend the period of consultation until October 24 and delay their implementation.
Board members, who are elected by fellow tenants, are responsible for spending and managing cash on council estates. But the proposed changes would have seen much of that responsibility transferred to councillors and council officers.
Critics accused the council’s leadership of ignoring residents, undermining democracy and taking direct control over the housing service.
Now it appears the boards could stay, albeit with changes.
A council spokeswoman said: “As tenants and stakeholders have expressed a strong interest in retaining housing liaison boards we have decided to extend the consultation period by an additional two weeks to make sure we fully engage with those involved, particularly around these two areas.
“The boards are significant issues for our tenants and stakeholders, therefore we are giving people the opportunity to give their opinions in full before the new consultation end date.
“Once the consultation ends feedback will be evaluated and individually validated, it will then be taken to cabinet in December for a decision.”
Opposition Conservative councillor Deirdre Alden (Edgbaston), who had defended the boards, welcomed the change.
She said: “The council’s Labour leadership has finally started to take notice of the huge wave of feeling on this issue.
“I welcome the U-turn and am delighted they are listening to residents.
“I hope the consultation is meaningful and tenants will be listened to.”