Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, the Government published The charter for social housing residents: social housing white paper in November 2020. The Charter sets out what the government will do to make sure residents in social housing are safe, are listened to, live in good quality homes, and have access to redress when things go wrong.
Social Housing (Regulation) Bill
The Social Housing Regulation Bill provides the legal basis for many of the measures set out in the social housing white paper. It intends to deliver transformational change for social housing residents.
The Bill is currently at the Consideration of Amendments stage, and they expect it to become law this parliamentary session.
The White Paper applies to social housing landlords and residents in England. Different policies apply in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The government will report regularly on what it is doing to improve social housing. To follow updates on the Social Housing Regulation Bill, go to May 2023 – update on government’s work to improve the quality of social housing
To get updates on what we are doing to transform your social housing services, come back to this website page.
Four Million Homes
Four Million Homes fulfils a commitment made in the social housing white paper. It provides opportunities and an empowerment programme that will help social housing residents to feel confident and equipped to engage with their landlord.
Four Million Homes will provide training and capacity building opportunities for residents, and access to independent information.
The objectives are to:
- Inspire residents to seize opportunities for engaging on a range of housing issues by gaining the skills and confidence to engage effectively with social landlords.
- Provide opportunities for residents to upskill, so that can play a more influential part in the decisions that affect them and their communities directly.
- Give residents the tools they need to take an active role in how their homes are managed.
- Lead to residents creating or joining scrutiny and other resident panels.
- Empower residents to take over the delivery of landlord services
- Share opportunities, so that residents can discuss ideas and learn from others about how to make a difference in their community.
- Drive the delivery of higher quality landlord services that are focused on residents’ needs.
The service provides monthly webinars for residents, and you can sign up to receive a newsletter with information on upcoming events.
Watch Four Million Homes' free webinars covering topics for social housing residents including repairs and maintenance, anti-social behaviour, and dealing with your landlord.
For more information and to get involved, go to the website: Four Million Homes - Knowledge and action for change in social housing