Housing sector responds to announcement of review of regulation
Minister Grant Shapps announced that government will be undertaking a review of regulatory arrangements for the social housing sector.
In his speech at last week’s CIH annual conference housing Minister Grant Shapps announced that government will be undertaking a review of regulatory arrangements for the social housing sector. He committed to government carrying out a review of the regulatory arrangements established under the 2008 Housing and Regeneration Act and the Tenant Services Authority. In his speech he emphasised his support for the standards framework established by the TSA and the importance of tenant protection and economic regulation.
Commenting on the review, Sarah Webb, Chief Executive of CIH, said: “Over the past five years housing professionals, tenants, councillors and boards have worked closely together to come up with a regulatory settlement that cuts red-tape and reduces bureaucracy, putting the focus back on the relationship between the landlord and the tenant. We know government wants to cut the number of quangos and ensure that any regulation is proportionate and necessary. CIH supports a thorough review of social housing regulation by government, and we urge that this builds on the strong foundations already in place through the TSA to deliver value for money for the taxpayer and underpin great service provision for tenants. In particular we would stress the importance of maintaining a regulator that has a strong independent remit and is able to fully focus on the job at hand.”
Peter Coleing, TPAS Chair, said: “TPAS welcomes Housing Minister Grant Shapps’ decision to review the organisations working on behalf of tenants and is looking forward to taking part in the review so the best interests of tenants can be served.
“There needs to be joined up government across housing, health and social care, with tenant involvement at the heart of all policies and the decision-making process. We had a very worthwhile meeting with Grant Shapps who praised the work of TPAS and TAROE in particular, and said he wanted to put tenants in the driving seat, which is the most important aspect and very encouraging”
Commenting on the review, David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “Over the past few years, I believe that, through working closely with government, we have crafted an effective and modern regulatory settlement.
“If the minister considers that changes are needed, we look forward to working with him and his officials through the processes of consultation and legislation that will be necessary.
“Whatever happens, it is imperative that we have a regulatory settlement that supports the sector in its vital work of meeting housing need. That is the test against which any proposed changes must be judged.”