Government publishes long-awaited Green Paper

The Government has released the long-awaited Social Housing Green Paper.

The full document can be accessed here.

The Government is calling for a national discussion on how to improve social housing, based around five core principles:

A safe and decent home which is fundamental to a sense of security and our ability to get on in life.

Swift and effective resolution so that when residents have concerns about the safety or standard of their home they see results.

Empowering residents and ensuring their voices are heard so that landlords are held to account.

Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities, challenging the stereotypes that exists about residents and their communities.

Building the social homes that we need and ensure that those homes can act as a springboard to home ownership.

The Government’s press release highlighted the following key items included in the Green Paper: 

  • Steps to speed up the complaints process, providing access to effective dispute resolution when something goes wrong and giving tenants more support in accessing the redress options available to them.
  • New reforms to make it easier for tenants to progress into home ownership, such as allowing them to purchase as little as 1% of their property each year through the government’s Shared Ownership programme.
  • Strengthening the Regulator of Social Housing so it can focus on issues that matter most to tenants and has ‘sharper teeth’ to intervene when needed, ensuring social homes are well managed and of decent quality.
  • Allowing councils to continue to have choice over their use of fixed term tenancies, enabling them to offer residents greater security in their homes.
  • The introduction of performance indicators and new league tables, rebalancing the landlord/tenant relationship to hold bad practice to account and ensure residents are treated with dignity and respect.

The consultation period will run until 6 November 2018.

We would love to hear feedback from tenants and residents on the contents of the Green Paper. If you have any views you would like to share with us, please get in touch.