The NHF discusses its response to the Cave Review at Hundred Houses Society Board strategy meeting.
John Bryant, policy leader at the National Housing Federation, addresses Cambridge housing association Hundred Houses Society on the Government's new review of social housing regulation.
[UKPRwire, Wed Jul 25 2007] Speaking at a Hundred Houses Society Board strategy meeting held at the Møller Centre, Cambridge, John Bryant of the National Housing Federation gave his response to a new review of regulation in the social housing sector by Professor Martin Cave of Warwick Business School. The report was commissioned by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The Cave Review, 'Every Tenant Matters' proposes that a single regulator should be established for all social housing, whether provided by Councils, housing associations, arms-length management organisations or private sector bodies. The National Housing Federation supports this, but argues that landlords should establish their own standards with a regulator who can intervene if tenants are at risk or the housing provider is in financial danger.
The Cave report proposes that the voice of tenants is strengthened by giving the regulator increased powers. These might include the ability to appoint new directors or to impose fines and rent caps; the right to issue 'improvement notices' and ultimately to transfer homes to another landlord. The NHF argues that the regulator should only use these powers where mismanagement or misconduct is proved after a formal enquiry.
John Bryant agreed that focus on tenants is crucial and said that "the Cave Review could have gone further in promoting and protecting the interests of tenants by allowing for resident engagement with their landlord".
Note to Editors
1. More information at www.hhs.org.uk or by contacting Chris Jackson, Chief Executive on 01223 315036
2. The Housing Corporation is the government agency responsible for delivering new affordable homes and regulating 1,500 housing associations across England. Its current investment programme of £3.9 billion for 2006-2008 is its biggest ever and is set to provide around 80,000 new affordable homes from housing associations and private developers throughout the country. The Housing Corporation’s website is www.housingcorp.gov.uk.
3. Hundred Houses Society manages 850 homes in Cambridge, and is building 77 more in Cambridgeshire and north Essex
4. Housing associations are grant funded by the Housing Corporation and raise money by bank and building society loans to buy land to build new homes
5. The National Housing Federation supports and promotes the work that housing associations do and campaigns for better homes and neighbourhoods. It is made up of 1,300 members across England and between them they own and manage some 2 million homes for 5 million people. The Patron of the National Housing Federation is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT www.housing.org.uk