Section 21 eviction powers will be removed from landlords. Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, says this will “end the unfair situation where renters can be kicked out of their homes for no reason.”
All homes in the private rental sector will have to meet a minimum standard to be known as the Decent Homes Standard.
The ‘Levelling Up’ White Paper continues to say: “We will consult on introducing a Landlords Register and will set out plans for a crack down on rogue landlords – making sure fines and bans stop repeat offenders leaving renters in terrible conditions.”
The Government says home ownership will be boosted via a new £1.5 billion Levelling Up Home Building Fund being launched. This is intended to provide loans to small and medium sized developers and support the Government’s wider regeneration agenda in areas considered a priority for levelling up.
The government is also committing to build what it calls “more genuinely affordable social housing.” A new Social Housing Regulation Bill will be introduced following the Grenfell tragedy in 2017.
The ‘80/20 rule’ will be scrapped, with much of the £1.8 billion brownfield funding instead being diverted to transforming brownfield sites in the North and Midlands, with less emphasis on London and the South East.
The Bill as a whole is intended to: “shift government focus and resources to Britain’s forgotten communities throughout the 2020s.”
So, what does this mean for JGF Electrical ?
A heck of a lot !
- We totally support the need for more affordable, decent, safe housing for the many in desperate need of security in their living space.
- This includes both rental accommodation and Social Housing.
- Already working closely with Landlords and Management Agencies in both disciplines, we have developed a service and advisory programme to help maintain properties to the highest standards and refurbish voids quickly and efficiently so the properties are safe and comfortable for the tenants that so desperately need them, and the owners can relax, knowing the work is cost-effectively completed with professional focus.
- We provide ‘nose-to-tail’ Electrical installation, inspection, correction and compliance, from construction to conversion, upgrades to occupation, and ongoing advice and service management.
The Bill has 12 Missions covering a breadth of National development criteria. One in particular sits at the heart of our own mission withing JGF Electrical and reads:
“6. By 2030, the number of people successfully completing high-quality skills training will have significantly increased in every area of the UK. In England, this will lead to 200,000 more people successfully completing high-quality skills training annually, driven by 80,000 more people completing courses in the lowest skilled areas.”
We are hoping we can use this mindset to build on our existing Apprenticeship Programme and to help other local Trades and the colleges in Kent and beyond to present closer relations for Apprentices, businesses and Britain to benefit long term.
We can’t keep up with BAE Systems who recently announced plans to recruit almost 1,700 apprentices and graduates this year – a record number, but we can, are, and will continue to do our bit.
[See our recent article / blog – The Knowledge Gap – for more on our Apprenticeships agenda.]