Social Rented Housing: Refugees:Written question - HL13900

Q
Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 20 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Social Rented Housing: Refugees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of social housing used for refugees.
Answered on: 04 March 2019

Successful asylum seekers who are granted refugee status are eligible to be allocated social housing. Where they apply for social housing, they will have their housing needs considered on the same basis as other eligible applicants in accordance with the local authority’s housing allocation scheme.

The Regulator of Social Housing’s standards (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/regulatory-standards) include a requirement for tenants’ homes to meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard. In the Social Housing Green Paper, we asked whether the Decent Homes Standard should be reviewed. We also invited views on whether new safety measures introduced in to the private rented sector should apply in the social rented sector. We expect to set out the government’s response to the Green Paper in Spring 2019.

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