Campaigners who have worked tirelessly to draw attention to Britain’s neglected social housing have hailed the government’s introduction of a bill to boost standards – but warned of a long road ahead.
The Social Housing Regulation Bill was unveiled in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech as part of the government’s priority to “ensure better quality and safer homes”.
The legislation comes after a year-long ITV News investigation and the work of grassroots activist Kwajo Tweneboa uncovered social housing tenants living in squalid conditions.
Tweneboa said the acknowledgement was a landmark moment for social tenants.
“I’m glad that social housing was mentioned. I was hoping for it to be a bit longer but I’m glad it’s being addressed still,” he told The Big Issue following Prince Charles’ speech in parliament.
“Overall I’m pleased to see that social housing is a topic that is being talked about considering it hasn’t been spoken about for so long. But now we have to see exactly what the legislation is and if it will be effective enough. That’s what needs to be worked on now. I’m looking forward to playing a part in that.”