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The Regulation of Social Housing

On Tuesday 20 July, the DLUHC select committee published their report into the regulation of social housing. PlaceShapers had been active contributors to this investigation, submitting written evidence and Chair, Matthew Walker, appeared in front of the committee in February.

In response to today's publication of the report on The Regulation of Social Housing, Matthew Walker, Chair, said:

"This report performs a delicate balancing act. It deconstructs the long term causes of the country's housing crisis with clear recommendations on practical measures to ease it.

Most social housing in England is decent, it says – exactly what residents told us ahead of my evidence to the committee.

But, if it's not, there should be no hiding place for any landlord that fails in their primary responsibility of providing a safe, decent home.

We fully support the report’s recommendations on providing more investment in existing homes through dedicated funding for regeneration, greater focus on and investment in net zero and like-for-like replacement of homes lost to right to buy.

These recommendations are balanced with putting the resident voice front and centre – something all PlaceShapers are deeply committed to.

We have been working with the Regulator to ensure residents shape new consumer regulation and will shortly be holding three more roundtables for residents from across the country to them to input into the detail.

We fully support the call for the Regulator to require all providers to deliver housing services that are genuinely local and tenant centred; this is at the heart of being a PlaceShaper and the surest way of ensuring accountability."