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To talk about the Party or not to talk about the Party?

 

The news over the past few days has been totally dominated by that party… the one at number 10 last year when we all had to cancel Christmas and sit on our own at home, the staffers at number 10 and the Department for Education also had a good old knees-up. Allegra Stratton, the then spokesperson for the PM yesterday fell on her own sword as the sacrificial lamb for the latest cock-up. (And may I say, with a performance like that, a career in Hollywood surely beckons!). The Hon Member for the 18th Century, Mr Rees Mogg boasted on a video that was leaked that social distancing is easier in Imperial measurements (thanks to Brexit) and that the party won’t be investigated by the police in a year. And he was indeed right. PC Plod has indeed turned a blind eye…

But that is not what I want to talk about! I want to talk about the very important things that get overshadowed (buried?) when these sorts of stories dominate the press.

The Government launched a consultation entitled “The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Social Housing White Paper” (a link at the end). This consultation is all about the introduction of Tenant Satisfaction Measures or TSMs. This consultation is aimed at private registered providers and local authority registered providers, tenants and residents of registered providers, lenders and any other stakeholders who have an interest in social housing in England. I.e. my dear readers, you as developers who have to provide a certain percentage of affordable housing on every development.

There is a whole raft of measures to ensure decent standards are maintained, and that repairs happen in a timely way and that tenants and leaseholders are generally satisfied with their housing etc. It will ensure greater transparency on how social landlords perform. This is a very good thing.

There is no doubt that there will be a cost implication to the registered housing provider and those cost implications will be passed on further down the line. I.e. my dear readers, you.

The question is, do we need this new layer of bureaucracy? All the registered housing providers already have lots of standards they have to adhere to. And if they don’t, residents have their elected Councillors and MPs to complain to who can then step into the breach.

No doubt this layer of bureaucracy will require a lot of pencil pushers to conduct and compile the information and then report their findings. Would it not be a better use of money to spend that on housing repairs and maintenance?

I want to know what you think and so does the Government, so please click on the link and tell them!

Have a great weekend,

Tom