Social Rented Housing: Regulation

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the removal of the Regulator for Social Housing’s veto power over the registered provider status of organisations which are taken over, merge or fundamentally change their constitutions.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government removed the need for the Regulator of Social Housing to give consent for takeovers, mergers or other fundamental constitutional changes as part of a package of deregulatory measures to ensure that housing associations would remain classified as private bodies.

Measures included in the new Social Housing Regulation Bill ensure that the Regulator will continue to have clear sight of where these changes take place and is aware of the structure of registered providers after a change has occurred.

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