The CCH has published its response to various Government consultations following membership consultation at our October Membership meeting:
- the Government Social Housing Green Paper consultation – New Deal for Social Housing. Our full submission is available here. The CCH was also instrumental in producing the A Voice for Tenants Steering Group response which is available here.
- the Government consultation on the future of social housing regulation. Our response is available here.
- the Government consultation on rents in the social housing sector. Our response is available here.
Key points made include:
a) The Green Paper’s objective to rebalance the relationship between tenants and landlords in the social housing sector is needed
b) The CCH was instrumental in producing the A Voice for Tenants Steering Group response which calls for establishment of a national body for tenants based on 832 responses mainly from social housing tenants of which 93% said that there is a need for such a body.
c) The CCH supports that all Registered Provider landlords should have their implementation of the Involvement and Empowerment Standard assessed and that this should impact on their governance rating
d) The CCH is saying that ALL social housing tenants should have effective regulatory protection regardless of the size and type of landlord
e) The CCH is calling for a community-led housing regulator to help support the sector to cover co-ops, tenant management organisations and other community-led housing organisations
f) The CCH is proposing that consideration of community-led housing options be included in the Involvement and Empowerment Standard
g) The CCH is proposing the development of a new form of tenant management which places less burdens on tenants and volunteers whilst delivering similar outcomes
h) The CCH is proposing a sector wide debate on the future of allocations in social housing to tackle the issue of stigma
i) The CCH is proposing the development of a Co-operative Foundation – based on the Community Land Trust BC in Canada – where a large scale co-operative organisation is established which develops new co-operative mixed income housing co-operatives
j) The CCH is proposing the development of mutual housing associations
k) The CCH is proposing that there should be publicity that the new rents directive – ie. that rents can be raised to Consumer Price Index plus 1% is a ceiling and not a requirement – and that Registered Provider landlords should be required to consult their tenants regarding rent increases.