Tonight (6th October) I joined the Zoom meeting of the Housing and Homelessness Panel. I am so glad I did. Bill Graves explained in very simple terms of what will have to change to comply with the rules laid down in the White Paper on Social Housing.
I attempted to read this Paper myself but found the language used confusing and so abandoned it.
There are many challenges being set, but what I was pleased to hear was that the council already meets some of the standards being demanded in the Paper. There is still a lot of work to do and people to be appointed in positions where there are new responsibilities.
There is a need for active participation from tenants and leaseholders and so I hope that all Ambassadors will seriously think about how they can contribute.
This is a chance for us to make our mark and try and make the example set in Oxford City become a model for other social housing providers to aspire to.