New panel to advise government on social housing reform

Experts from across the housing sector will be brought together to advise the government on the delivery of the social housing white paper
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Experts from across the housing sector will be brought together to form a new expert panel to advise the government on the delivery of the social housing white paper, the government has announced.

The social housing white paper – published last year – outlines a wide-ranging package of reforms to improve standards for residents, enhance regulation of the sector, and improve transparency and communication between landlords and residents.

The reforms aim to deliver long-lasting and meaningful change – addressing safety issues, strengthening the complaints process, professionalising staff and rebalancing the relationship between resident and landlord.

Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing said:

“Giving social housing residents a stronger voice and ensuring landlords raise standards is at the heart of our landmark reforms to transform the sector. The expert panel will help to ensure that we deliver on these reforms, bringing together people who will scrutinise our plans and guarantee we achieve the vision set out in the charter.”

The panel will meet four times over the next year to provide scrutiny and advice as the government implements the social housing white paper. This follows extensive engagement with residents, housing associations and other stakeholders.

The government has already begun to make progress improving the quality and safety of social housing. It has launched a review of the Decent Homes Standard, a working group on electrical safety, and held a consultation on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as running a national campaign to raise awareness of how to seek redress when things go wrong.

The new panel will include representatives from the Chartered Institute of Housing, National Housing Federation, Tenants Participation Advisory Service, Shelter, Grenfell United, Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, and the Local Government Association, among others.

Image of Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, courtesy Eddie Hughes/Creative Commons.

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