Be a voice for residents on a new Government panel

 

05 April 2022

The Government is looking for volunteers to join a new panel to help improve social housing.
 

The new Social Housing Quality Resident Panel will be made up of around 250 social housing residents from across the country. They’ll meet virtually to discuss measures to improve the quality of social housing.

The Panel will focus on measures proposed in the Social Housing White Paper including:
 
  • Reviewing the Decent Homes standard
  • Improving the complaints process
  • Training and qualifications available to housing staff
  • Boosting transparency through the new ‘Access to Information’ scheme
 
 
To find out more about the topics for discussion and format of the panel, visit the Government’s webpage here.
 
 
What’s in it for me?
 
It’s a chance to have your voice heard in the heart of Government. Key ministers responsible for social housing will be involved.
 
It’s also a good way to build experience, meet other residents and bring about the changes you want to see for social housing.
 
Who can apply?
 
Any resident can apply. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a resident. You don’t need to have previous experience of an Optivo resident group.
 
How can I apply?
 
You can apply here. The Panel will be hosted online, so residents from across the country can join. There’ll be around three meetings a year, with at least six meetings held in total
 

Applications will close on Friday 29 April 2022

 

Another chance to have your voice heard….

MPs on the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee have launched a separate inquiry into the regulation of social housing. They want to hear from social housing residents about:

  • the quality of social housing

  • the service provided by social landlords

  • residents' experiences of taking a complaint to the Housing Ombudsman.

 
Complete DLUHC's online survey here. Your responses will influence the recommendations the committee puts forward to Government.
 
The deadline for taking part is 5pm on Thursday 14 April.