I am today announcing the publication of a consultation on draft Directions to be issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to the Social Housing Regulator. Alongside the statutory provisions contained in the Localism Bill, the proposed changes to regulation outlined in this consultation will help deliver the Government’s package of reforms to make the system of social housing fairer and to reverse the consensus that had developed that allowed waiting lists to grow to record levels. This forms part of an overall shake of up of social housing that will also see the delivery of up to 150,000 new affordable homes over the next four years. These reforms will give social landlords and local authorities the flexibility to make the best use of social housing in a way which best meets the needs of their local area.
The Directions consultation can be found at: www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/publications/consultations.