‘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’:
- Ensuring homes are safe and decent
- Effective resolution of complaints
- Empowering residents and strengthening the Regulator
- Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities
- 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.