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22 September 2017 - Helen McGrath, Policy & Communications Manager

Publish date: 22/09/2017

In response to the housing crisis the government has announced a green paper on social housing with Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, proclaiming it would be a 'wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector'.

This is surely welcome news it if delivers what is promised; a national conversation producing 'the most substantial report of its kind for a generation' (according to Sajid Javid). With a focus on 'what has gone wrong' and looking to 'fix' the problem, it will cover all aspects from homelessness to illegal sub-lettings and of course, safety (in the wake of Grenfell).

Whilst exceptionally important and indeed vital to garner the views of local communities and tenants, LLG will be pushing to ensure that local authorities have a voice and input into the legal aspects proposed; especially around house building and council stock. The process involved with a green paper can be a long one and in the meanwhile the housing crisis continuous apace. Let us hope a focused and expedient paper produces results sooner rather than later.

On a separate note, the Governance Conference still has some places left but you must book soon. Full details about the event can be found here http://www.llglegaltraining.org.uk/events/2017-10-18

Best wishes

Helen McGrath

Policy & Communications Manager