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Housing Secretary provides update on Social Housing White Paper

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has given an update on the long-awaited Social Housing White Paper. 

Speaking at Housing 2020 today, Jenrick covered a wide range of topics, from accessibility to building safety.

But he also let the sector get a glimpse into the future, with little details on the White Paper revealed.

He also gave reasons for the pause in release, saying he "wanted it to achieve the prominence that it truly deserves".

Jenrick said: "Residents and their voices are quite rightly at the heart of these reforms (building safety) – which is also true of the Social Housing White Paper, which I am committed to taking forward this year.

"We made the decision to pause it during the pandemic because we wanted it to achieve the prominence that it truly deserves, and that tenants in social housing have the opportunity to hear and understand quite how significant this paper and the new changes that it will bring forward could be for them.

"This Paper will set out measures to further empower tenants and boost the supply and quality of social housing, with greater redress and better more meaningful regulation of the sector.

"Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of where they live, and regardless of the terms on which they live there – whether you’re a homeowner, whether that’s freehold or leasehold, whether you’re a tenant with a housing association or local council – you deserve respect, and we want to ensure, in the limited cases where that isn’t happening, that things change, and they change forever."