Have your say on social housing
Tenants across England are being given the opportunity to have their voices heard about social housing through an online questionnaire.
The government is asking tenants in Wigan Borough to share their views on social housing before the deadline closes on 31st January 2018 to understand what is important to residents and any concerns they may have.
The questionnaire aims to give tenants a more effective voice following the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year.
Wigan Council’s tests on the cladding on their seven high-rise flats have shown they are not the same as those used at Grenfell and do not pose a safety risk, however, the local authority’s cabinet have agreed to install sprinklers in all blocks anyway, costing around £2m.
Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare at the council said: “Our main priority is the safety and welfare of our tenants. We conduct fire risk assessments weekly in each of our blocks to ensure any necessary changes are flagged in the earliest stages.
“We have already chosen to press ahead with installing sprinklers in all our tower blocks in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
“We would encourage tenants to have their say and share their views as part of this national questionnaire.”
The questionnaire responses will inform the Green Paper on social housing in England, which the government aim to publish in spring.
Posted on Tuesday 9th January 2018