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19 Nov 20201 minute read

Gov’t unveils social housing white paper

Gov’t unveils social housing white paper

The government has published a new social housing white paper, outlining its plans to boost the powers of the Regulator of Social Housing.

The white paper sets out that the government will:

  • Legislate to strengthen the Regulator of Social Housing’s consumer regulation objectives to explicitly include safety.
  • Legislate to require social landlords to identify a nominated person responsible for complying with their health and safety requirements.
  • Expect the Regulator of Social Housing to prepare a memorandum of understanding with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure effective sharing of information with the Building Safety Regulator.
  • Launch a consultation on requiring smoke alarms in social housing and introducing new expectations for carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Consult on measures to ensure that social housing residents are protected from harm caused by poor electrical safety.
  • Continue to work with the Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group and the Building Safety Regulator to ensure resident voices are heard.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “The proposals in this white paper will make clear the standards that every social tenant in England is entitled to expect from their landlords. They will ensure that people feel safe and secure in their homes, can get problems fixed before they spiral out of control, and see exactly how good their landlord is at dealing with complaints.”

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick added: “Landlords should welcome the views of their tenants as a route to better management. I want tenants to feel protected and empowered by a regulatory regime and a culture of transparency, accountability, decency and service befitting of the best intentions and traditions of social housing in this country.”