James Brokenshire

The key proposals from the social housing green paper

The government has launched its social housing green paper, which aims to rebalance the relationship between tenants and landlords.

The green paper looks to tackle the stigma around social housing and ensure that it can be both a safety net and springboard into home ownership.

The paper was launched to kick-start a national discussion and collect views on how to improve social housing.

The aspirations and concerns of thousands of residents are at the heart of the proposals in the consultative 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.

James Brokenshire, secretary of state for communities (pictured above), said that providing quality and well-managed social housing was a priority for this government.

“Our green paper offers a landmark opportunity for major reform to improve fairness, quality and safety to residents living in social housing across the country.

“Regardless of whether you own your home or rent, residents deserve security, dignity and the opportunities to build a better life.”

Anyone can feed in views on the proposals for the future of social housing, which will run until 6th November 2018.

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