CIH calls for views on future role of social housing

17 Jan 18

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called on housing professionals, tenants and the general public to take part in a debate in order to “make a case” for social housing.

The CIH-led Rethinking social housing project was launched last year after Sir Martin Moore-Bick said his public inquiry into the Grenfell fire would not look at the wider role of social housing.

It aims to challenge preconceptions about social housing in the wake of the Grenfell fire and influence a housing green paper, which the government has said will provide a “wide ranging review of the sector”.

The CIH has now launched a blueprint to help any group of professionals or tenants set up their own workshop to explore key issues.

This is being paired with an online survey, which outlines “fundamental questions about the role and purpose of social housing”.

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: “We want to really open up the debate on the future of social housing and the workshop gives people the chance to get involved.

“We’ll be taking the results that people return and together with the other research we are doing during the project, they will form a crucial part of our Rethinking social housing project, which will culminate in a series of recommendations to the sector and to government.”

Plans for a housing green paper were announced by housing secretary Sajid Javid in September, when he said it would be the “most substantial report of its kind for a generation”.

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