Magazine article Public Finance

DCLG Casts Doubt over Cave's Housing Regulator Proposals

Magazine article Public Finance

DCLG Casts Doubt over Cave's Housing Regulator Proposals

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Plans to create an independent regulator for councils, housing associations and other social landlords have failed to gain immediate government support.

Within hours of the new body being proposed by Professor Martin Cave, the Department for Communities and Local Government cast doubt on the main recommendation, which would place local authority housing under a single regulatory regime with registered social landlords and private developers.

Cave's review of social housing regulation. Every tenant matters, was unveiled on June 19 at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual conference in Harrogate. Pledging to give tenants greater choice and protection, Cave said it was vital to get rid of the present 'silo system' and apply the same regime to all social housing providers.

A new body was preferable to the Audit Commission or Communities England, the proposed housing and regeneration agency, taking on the role. Communities England, which will fund housing and other schemes from 2009, could face a conflict of interest if it regulated landlords and developers, he added. …

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