NHF slams transparency plans
The National Housing Federation has claimed government plans for greater transparency in the social housing sector will be costly and pointless.
Housing minister Grant Shapps announced last week that the Ministry of Justice will consult on making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference in Harrogate, he also said he would like to see more associations follow Home Group’s lead in publishing details of all expenditure over £500.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said this would be ‘hugely bureaucratic, expensive and provide few meaningful benefits for tenants’.
He added: ‘At a time when public spending is being significantly cutback, tenants want to see cash invested in providing good quality services, homes and facilities for their families. They will not thank the minister for diverting funding away from these core areas in order to support this costly exercise.’