Magazine article Public Finance

Show RSLs Some Trust, Says NHF Chief

Magazine article Public Finance

Show RSLs Some Trust, Says NHF Chief

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Ministers are failing to show housing associations the trust they deserve, in spite of their strong track record of building successful communities, says the new chief executive of the National Housing Federation.

Speaking exclusively to Public Finance, David Orr said registered social landlords felt under threat - in particular by the government's decision to allow developers and other non-RSLs to bid for social housing grant.

Whereas RSLs have a long experience of building homes and managing neighbourhoods, there is no evidence that private developers are up to the job, said Orr, who took over at the NHF on July 1.

'The government is more interested in seeing housing associations as agents rather than as partners,' he said. 'I would like to see the government celebrating our success. Given the work that we have done, it should start with an assumption of trust.'

Orr accused the government of pursuing a 'narrow efficiency agenda' that could result in lower tenant satisfaction and homes that are built on the cheap. …

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