The Localism Bill received Royal Assent on 15 November, becoming the Localism Act 2011. This affects how Peabody and other Registered Providers of social housing develop, allocate and manage housing.
The Act includes:
- The requirement for local authorities to have strategic tenancy policies - which will affect how homes are let across all social housing
- The introduction of flexible tenancies
- The removal of the Housing Revenue Account system
- The removal of the Tenant Services Authority (from April 2012)
- A housing ombudsman scheme covering different sectors
- The introduction of complaints and tenant panels
To meet these and other requirements, Peabody is introducing an Affordable Rent scheme for new Peabody residents. This is a different type of social housing, with increased flexibility in tenancy agreements.
We are also carrying out a review of our customer involvement strategy.
For more information, go to the Communities and Local Government website, or contact the Policy and Insight Team.
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