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Together Housing welcome government policy paper

Together Housing welcome government policy paper

Together Housing has welcomed the government's Housing Green Paper today as we feel it provides the framework for delivering our strategy to address housing need and improve the condition and perception of social housing in general.

The paper made important points about ensuring tenants have a voice and working closely with local councils, as well as providing a blueprint for the development of affordable properties.

Our Chief Executive, Steve Close, told the press: "We welcome that the Green Paper highlights the importance of listening to tenants and working with them to improve the services we provide.  Associations have a good record of working with tenants and there are some really good examples that we can all learn from and develop.

“We have recently supported one of our tenants to organise his own group, TRIO, to work together to promote and ensure fire safety.

"We're also working closely with local authorities, developing partnerships with a number of Councils across the North to increase the number of new homes we build. The development of affordable homes is essential to meet the growing housing needs but the funding programmes also need to be increased to deal with some of the obsolete housing that remains in the region . 

“We need new housing of all tenures and that is why we're also building homes for shared ownership and for outright sale, reinvesting the surpluses into building more affordable homes.’’

He added that building new homes is only a part of what we do.  Working with communities and providing social value is an important part of Together’s work and the Group's charity, Newground Together, is focussed on providing training and development opportunities and helping people into work.

"We aim to raise aspirations across the region, so that people are in a situation where they can afford the home they need, in the place they want."