A good deal of councillor case work involves helping tenants of private housing to get essential repairs done. A London council - Newham - is said to be the first in the country to initiate a licensing scheme for private landlords with the aim of eradicating poor quality accommodation and imposing fines where no improvements are made. Another borough, Waltham Forest, is considering a new landlord accreditation scheme as a way of pushing up standards in the private rented sector. However, such schemes need adequate resources to be managed. It would be good if Brent could adopt a similar scheme but fear it will be some time before it could be afforded.