A new 15-strong panel of experts has been assembled to help the government deliver its Social Housing White Paper.
The so-called ‘expert challenge panel’ is drawn from bodies across the sector, including the National Housing Federation, Shelter and Grenfell United (see list below). Individuals from each organisation have not been named.
The group is due to meet four times over the next year to provide “scrutiny and advice” on the white paper, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said today.
The long-awaited Social Housing White Paper, which aims to raise standards and boost regulation of the sector post-Grenfell, was finally published last November.
As part of the changes, the Regulator of Social Housing will take on a new consumer regulatory function to “hold landlords to account”. The plans include a new ‘charter for social housing residents’, which sets out what tenants should expect.
In the Queen’s Speech in May, the government said it will “look to legislate as soon as practicable” but did not give a date on when the measures will be implemented.
Eddie Hughes MP, minister for rough sleeping and housing, said today: “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.”
Groups represented on the expert panel
- Chartered Institute of Housing
- Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
- Communities that Work
- Confederation of Co-operative Housing
- De Montfort University
- Grenfell United
- Local Government Association
- National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations
- National Housing Federation
- Social Value Lab
- Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse
- TAROE Trust