New expert group launches to give advice on social housing improvements

Experts from across the housing sector have formed a new expert panel to advise the government on the delivery of the social housing white paper.

The white paper, which was published last year, outlines a wide-ranging package of reforms to improve standards for residents and enhance regulation of the sector.

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

The Expert Challenge Panel includes:

  • Chartered Institute for Housing
  • Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
  • Communities that Work
  • Confederation of Co-operative Housing
  • De Montfort University
  • Grenfell United
  • HACT
  • Local Government Association
  • National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations
  • National Housing Federation
  • Shelter
  • Social Value Lab
  • Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse
  • TAROE Trust
  • Tpas

The panel will meet four times over the next year to provide scrutiny and advice as the government implements the paper. 

Eddie Hughes, 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 news follows the launch of a review of the Decent Homes Standard, a working group on electrical safety, and a consultation on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

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