Javid announces green paper on social housing

Communities secretary Sajid Javid is launching a green paper on social housing in England.

In a speech delivered at the annual National Housing Federation conference yesterday (20 September 2017), Javid vowed the ’wide-ranging, top-to-bottom’ review will be ‘the most substantial report of its kind in a generation’ and ‘kick off a nationwide conversation on social housing’.

According to the communities secretary, the green paper will cover key issues around safety, service management, the quality of homes and tenant rights, but also broader topics such as placemaking, illegal subletting, social cohesion, homelessness and support for leaseholders.

Javid said:

“Over the past few weeks the Housing Minister, Alok Sharma, has been meeting with social housing tenants right across the country. And from those conversations it’s already clear that they want us to look again at the quality and safety of what’s on offer.

“Today I can announce that we will be bringing forward a green paper on social housing in England. A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector, the green paper will be the most substantial report of its kind for a generation.

“It will kick off a nationwide conversation on social housing. And the results will help everyone involved in the whole world of social housing: local and central government, housing associations, TMOs, and of course the tenants themselves, to make this country’s social housing provision something the whole nation can be proud of.”

It’s unclear when the green paper will be published despite Javid’s desire to get it out ‘as soon as possible’.

The communities secretary explained:

“As you can tell…I’m talking about a substantial body of work. It’s a green paper that will inform both government policy and the wider debate for many years to come.

“And I want to make sure that we hear from everyone with something to say. Not just the usual suspects – those working in the sector or the think-tanks and lobbyists –but the people who matter most, the people living in or clamouring for social housing.

“So it’s not something we’re going to rush. Yes, I do want to see it published as soon as possible, but what matters most is getting it right. There’s simply too much at stake to do otherwise.”

Javid’s speech is available in full on the DCLG website.