Stonewater responds to social housing green paper
Stonewater is pleased that the long-awaited social housing green paper has been published. We welcome measures to improve tenant satisfaction and empowerment, especially measures to tackle the stigma sometimes associated with living in social housing. We always strive to do better for our customers and look forward to meeting these new challenges. Improved safety standards too are welcome if we are to avoid a tragedy like Grenfell from ever happening again, as are measures to improve access to low-cost home ownership.
We welcome too the idea of providing funding certainty over longer periods, but urge the Government to give this certainty to all housing associations to ensure we all have the certainty we need to build new affordable homes and plan for the longer term. While we welcome the emphasis on building new homes, it is regrettable that there is little new in the green paper on grant or funding programmes that would allow housing associations to deliver more homes each year and help the Government achieve its ambitions.
We look forward to working closely with the Government and the sector throughout the consultation period to ensure the final policies are as comprehensive as possible to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a place that they can call home.
- Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive, Stonewater