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Levelling Up Committee questions Government Minister

12 May 2022

On Monday from 4pm, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee puts questions to Eddie Hughes, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for the final oral evidence session for its inquiry into the regulation of social housing in England.

Social housing is housing let at below-market rates by housing associations, local authorities and other providers.  

Purpose of the session

The evidence hearing is likely to examine the quality of social housing, the upcoming Social Housing (Regulation) Bill, the regulation of consumer standards, tenant involvement and the role of the Housing Ombudsman. Questions are likely to cover the Government’s plans to reform the current consumer regulatory regime, including by scrapping the ‘serious detriment’ test and introducing a system of regular inspections.

The LUHC’s inquiry is examining concerns about the quality of social housing, with a focus on the ability of the Regulator of Social Housing and the Housing Ombudsman to identify and address problems. The inquiry is also focussing on the proposals in the Government’s social housing White Paper aimed at improving the regulatory regime.  

The inquiry terms of reference are available here. Written evidence submissions have been published for this inquiry and are available here


 Monday 16 May

At 4pm 

  • Eddie Hughes MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing), Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities
  • Nick Burkitt, Head of Affordable Housing Regulation and Investment, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Further information

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