I welcome the announcements in the Queen’s speech to support councils’ enforcement work, especially the creation of a property portal to serve as a national landlord database, and a new, legally binding Decent Homes Standard. I look forward to further detail in the forthcoming white paper.
I have repeatedly called for licensing powers to be devolved to City Hall to allow me to improve access to this valuable enforcement tool. I look forward to discussing this with government as part of the Levelling Up agenda.
Finally, government must also channel additional resources to councils to make better use of their existing powers, including addressing skills gaps and staff shortages.