The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has said a new government campaign will help social housing residents to improve their living conditions.
‘Make Things Right’ will help residents raise complaints if they are unhappy with their landlord and struggling to get problems resolved. It includes advice on how to progress issues to the Housing Ombudsman if necessary.
This campaign is a government commitment to the social housing white paper -‘The Charter for Social Housing Residents’. This set out an action plan to make landlords more accountable for the services they deliver.
The Charter aims to speed up the complaints procedure for social housing residents, by reducing decision times and ensuring effective resolution and improving access to the Housing Ombudsman.
The national campaign, ‘Make Things Right’, will run adverts on digital and social media channels, as well as music streaming sites, to raise awareness of the complaints process and barriers to these being progressed.
Housing Minister Eddie Hughes said:
“The Charter for Social Housing Residents is clear that all social housing residents should receive a good service and reassurance that if you speak up, then things will be put right.
“While most landlords work hard to put things right when they go wrong, we want to ensure that all residents know how to raise complaints if they have to, and how to approach the Housing Ombudsman to escalate their concern.
“That is why we are launching this new campaign to ensure those living in the 4 million social homes across England know how to access the complaints process to provide a greater voice for residents and refocus the sector on its social mission.”
The Charter will make landlords more accountable for the services they deliver, including access to a new information scheme for residents of housing associations and introducing a set of resident satisfaction measures that landlords will have to report against.
It has been created to ensure all social housing residents are treated with respect and dignity and sets out what every resident should expect from their landlord:
- To be safe in your home
- To know how your landlord is performing
- To have your complaints dealt with promptly and fairly
- To be treated with respect
- To have your voice heard by your landlord
- To have a good quality home and neighbourhood to live in
- To be supported to take your first step to ownership
Cllr James Jamieson, Local Government Association chairman, and former leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“Councils want all residents, regardless of tenure, to have the security of a safe and well-maintained home which they are proud to live in.
“It is really important that the voice of all social housing residents is heard, and councils are supportive of measures which improve standards and empower residents.
“This will give them confidence in ensuring that action can be taken to improve living conditions, where it is required.”
Advice for residents on what steps need to be taken are available on the campaign webpage.