The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government green paper and call for evidence: A New Deal for Social Housing

‘We have heard what needs to change: the stigma associated with social housing, the need for landlords to listen to residents and the desire for a culture of accountability and respect.’

This is according to the August 2018 Social Housing Green Paper, which proposes ‘fundamental reform’.

The Green Paper states that:

  • Almost 4 million households live in social housing, and there will be a continued need for social housing.
  • There are consistently over 1 million households on local authorities’ waiting lists.
  • Over 1 million households in the private rented sector receive Housing Benefit
  • Roughly 50-60,000 households are accepted as homeless and in priority need in England each year.

It includes chapters on the five key principles of the ‘new deal for social housing’:

  1. Ensuring homes are safe and decent
  2. Effective resolution of complaints
  3. Empowering residents and strengthening the Regulator
  4. Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities
  5. Expanding supply and supporting home ownership

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said:

Everyone deserves a decent, affordable and secure place to live. It’s the most fundamental of human needs.

Alongside the Green Paper, the Ministry are launching a call for evidence which seeks views on the current regulatory framework.

The consultation will close on 6 November 2018.

Read more about the consultation.

Read/download the Green Paper in full (pdf).