Arlington Conference Centre hosted a consultation event on the social housing green paper with the Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP yesterday evening (24 September). Over 60 residents from over 37 housing providers shared their views in group discussions on resident engagement, transparency, stigma and safety throughout the evening.
Our Chief Executive Richard Hill opened the consultation with a brief history of Arlington and One Housing’s vision and welcomed the Minister and attendees to Arlington.
The Minister talked about the importance of the consultations process in his speech to the attendees, and then sat at each table listening to the tenants’ views on the 5 key themes from the paper. He said in his opening speech that: “You have my personal commitment. I’m here, I’m listening.”
The aim of the event was to enable conversations and ensure residents have their voices on the Social Housing Green Paper were heard. “We all want empowered, happy and secure residents who are well treated and living happy lives,” Minister Kit Malthouse MP said.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & local Government has been organising consultation events across the country – in Manchester last week, in Norwich this week and in Birmingham next week.
The social housing green paper, published in August 2018, aims to rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords, tackle stigma and ensure that social housing can be both a stable base that supports people when they need it and support social mobility.