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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The Regulation of Social Housing

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
The Regulation of Social Housing

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Start times: 3.30pm (private) 4.00pm (public)

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Levelling Up Committee questions Housing Ombudsman and Regulator of Social Housing

On Tuesday from 4pm, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee will hold the latest oral evidence session for its inquiry into the regulation of social housing in England.

The LUHC Committee will question Richard Blakeway, the Housing Ombudsman and Jonathan Walters, Deputy Chief Executive of the Regulator of Social Housing.

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

Likely areas of questioning

Questions are likely to focus on how the Ombudsman handles complaints, on its new powers, including the ability to investigate possible systemic failures, and on the relationship between the Housing Ombudsman and the Regulator of Social Housing. The session is also likely to cover the Government’s plans to reform the current consumer regulatory regime, including by scrapping the ‘serious detriment’ test and introducing of 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

Meeting details

At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The Regulation of Social Housing
Housing Ombudsman at Housing Ombudsman Service
Deputy Chief Executive at Regulator of Social Housing


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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