Government to drop plans to create a national tenant voice

Government may not be going ahead with a national tenants voice – pitched as a key element of the Social Housing Green Paper.


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has decided not to pursue a national tenants’ group, it is believed.

24housing has learned the government is due to drop the idea, first pitched in the Social Housing Green Paper.

Although a discussion paper, the tenant voice was widely believed to be a key pillar of government housing plans.

It is now thought government ministers will be conducting their own roadshows, as was used in the creation of the Green Paper.

There is concern this will result in key issues, such as welfare reform, being ignored.

In the Paper’s foreword, James Brokenshire says the third principle “concerns empowering residents and making sure their voices are heard”.

He added: “This will drive better services and ensure residents have more choice and control.”

The paper was said to be a “new vision for social housing” and that this vision “values and respects the voices of residents”.

The idea of a national tenant representation was overwhelmingly supported in a poll undertaken by A Voice for Tenants Steering Group, which found 93% wanted this.

The Voice for Tenants steering group, which was set up in the aftermath of the fire at Grenfell, has also voiced concerns with the lack of progress.

The group have criticised Housing Minister Kit Malthouse for not responding to a letter they sent, but MHCLG have denied this, saying they replied back in February.

Responding to 24housing on the plans to drop the tenants’ voice group plan, an MHCLG spokesperson said the department remains “committed to engaging with, and listening to all, social housing tenants”.

They added: “Our consultation on social housing closed in November. We are considering submissions and will publish our response in due course.”

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