Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

As a society we believe that supporting each other is the right thing to do - we want to live in a country with a decent, affordable home for everyone. This response to the Social Housing Green Paper looks at two areas: increasing tenant voice and power, and improving affordability.

This submission draws on the extensive research and policy work undertaken by JRF, and our experiences as landlords through JRHT. These are the recommended actions:

  • In the area of increasing tenant voice there is a lot of good practice, but more work is needed to ingrain modern forms of tenant engagement across the sector. In addition, a greater responsiveness to complaints is needed.
  • It’s not right that in a country like ours people on the lowest incomes are struggling to keep their heads above water. The Government must develop a plan to increase the supply of social housing, at rent levels that ensure affordability for families on low incomes.