Brokenshire to stamp out ‘poor doors’

Brokenshire to stamp out ‘poor doors’

13:34 PM, 22nd July 2019, About 2 years ago 22

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New measures to tackle stigma and help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-tenure developments have been unveiled by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire. The move aims to stamp out so-called “poor doors” where entrances for social housing residents stigmatise and divide them from other residents in the development and other forms of segregation, such as restrictions on access to playgrounds.

This month marks 100 years since the advent of social housing, but a new survey today (20 July 2019) reveals nearly a quarter of people would “feel uncomfortable” living close to council and housing association properties.

Under the measures, planning guidance will be toughened up and a new Design Manual will promote best practice in inclusive design. They form a part of the government’s new Communities Framework, which lays out a vision for building communities with a stronger sense of belonging and shared prosperity.

It also commits the government to leading a ‘national conversation’ with communities across the country after Brexit about the type of country we want to be.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“I’ve been appalled by stories of segregation and tenants being denied access to certain shared facilities such as playgrounds.

“Social housing has transformed the lives of millions of people over the past 100 years. It has the power to continually shape lives for the better, but we need to see residents being treated with the respect they deserve. We want to end that real sense of stigma social housing residents have experienced, and today’s new measures show our commitment to stamping it out, before it can begin.”

In March, it was reported that social housing residents at the Baylis Old School site in Lambeth, south London, were prevented from accessing a communal playground which could only be used by their wealthier neighbours.

The new Design Manual will set clear expectations for the inclusivity of future developments and help ensure planning decisions promote social interaction in communities.

The new survey, the first-ever detailed research on public attitudes to social housing, shows a generational divide in attitudes, with older people less likely to feel comfortable living close to council and housing association properties. 38% of over 65s reported feeling comfortable, compared to 53% of 18 to 25-year-olds.

As part of the government’s engagement with social housing residents before and after publication of the Social Housing Green Paper, residents raised stigma as a key issue facing them. The new measures follow the publication of this Green Paper, which made clear our commitment to tackling this issue.


by Dennis Leverett

21:58 PM, 23rd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 23/07/2019 - 21:46
We mustn't worry though cos' Boris will sort it all out. mmm

by Dylan Morris

22:00 PM, 23rd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 23/07/2019 - 21:46
We’ve certainly seen a breakdown of morality and traditional family values that have held our country together for thousands of years. When I was younger it really was not the thing to shack up together unless you were married first. A child outside of wedlock was frowned upon. Now absolutely anything goes. The sad fact is this is promoted by the media, the establishment and now the Church. Just look at the McCain’s oven chip advert on TV. Lovely old comforting voice telling us that “families come in all shapes and sizes” and there are “sisters from different Misters”. Isn’t it wonderful nowadays that we’re not all the same, single Mom, two Dads as parents, as all the family gathers round the table to tuck into those lovely nutritious oven chips. Whilst outside there’s another young teenager stabbed to death !! Must be me.........getting to be a grumpy old man.

by Dennis Leverett

22:02 PM, 23rd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 23/07/2019 - 22:00
Join the club but as a friend keeps telling me "don't let the old man in"

by Chris @ Possession Friend

0:41 AM, 25th July 2019, About 2 years ago

Brokenshire is, .... " Out of the 'door'
In record time, he must have been one of the first, if not The first that BoJo fired.
Good decision.

by Old Mrs Landlord

7:20 AM, 25th July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 23/07/2019 - 22:00
Careful, you'll have the liberal left onto you for presuming to judge others' lifestyles! Thank God they are not answerable to us. The results, however, are evident all around us and we are all payng for them in various ways, not least the need for more housing to accommodate fractured families and those who have chosen to live alone (a choice not really available for most in previous generations). My point about council estates though was more about the fact that in the second half of the last century when I guess you were growing up, at least one member of the household had a job because much more manual labour was needed in that economy.
I haven't seen the ad. you mention but am only too well aware of the pressure to affirm the social changes which many of us see as so damaging to society. At least our outgoing Prime Minister had moral integrity if not enough of the other attributes necessary for that office. By the way, as long as you haven't lost your marbles it's quite possible to be old and not too grumpy - happy even - but it does make one despair seeing the same mistakes being made over and over again by politicians, with the same predictable results!

by Old Mrs Landlord

7:27 AM, 25th July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 25/07/2019 - 00:41
Brokenshire seemed to be more of a figurehead in that office, with all the action being undertaken by Heather Wheeler to whom it fell to implement the policies he had dreamt up. Wasn't it Wheeler who promised she would swiftly put an end to rough sleeping or at least resign if the numbers weren't reduced?

by Old Mrs Landlord

7:50 AM, 25th July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 25/07/2019 - 07:27
I have just seen that Esther McVey will be a Housing Minister attending cabinet, so presumably Heather Wheeler is also out. No Housing ministers in the last decade have been in post long enough to really master the brief and have a real understanding of the way policies enacted by other departments impinge on housing demand, supply and distribution. They seem fixated on increasing new-build and home ownership while courting the votes of generation rent by screwing private landlords and favouring their donors in the build to rent sector.

by Chris @ Possession Friend

22:07 PM, 25th July 2019, About 2 years ago

I think everyone was singing to Thereasa May's tune. She made a mess of the Home Secretary and P.M role. The country is well shot of her.

by AP

8:01 AM, 27th July 2019, About 2 years ago

In theory having ‘one door’ and shared facilities like playgrounds is what a lot of us would agree is how our society should operate.

However the issue here is actually about service charges - who pays for the upkeep and maintenance of the shared facilities.

The point that seems to have been missed here is that the privately owned flats generally pay a high service charge to cover the cost of the concierge, lifts, gym, parking, playgrounds etc.

As someone mentioned, often the building for rent is sold to a housing association (or sometimes the whole site is originally developed by the housing association who use the profits from the private sale to fund building their stock). The housing associations does not contribute to the service charge or has their own much smaller service charge to cover the stripped back common facilities to keep the rents at the low affordable levels.

The subtext here is that the private homes should indefinitely subsidise shared facilities for the housing association homes. People should just be honest about the reality of the situation. If that’s what ends up being the law, then those buying can decide if that’s what they want to do. Personally whilst I have no problem with sharing facilities, I would have a problem having to pay a high service charge so I’d just buy somewhere that didn’t have this...

If others feel the same, then these developments wouldn’t be viable just as another commenter on here has pointed out.

by Darlington Landlord

22:10 PM, 27th July 2019, About 2 years ago

I supect developers will adjust to this by having a common entrance door into a secure lobby leading to the concierge, common grounds/play grounds whilst requiring residents card access to seperate lifts serving different floors/areas and offering an annual subscription for concierge services/gym/additional areas also accessed by residents card to social housing residents who do not have that paid for in the service charge. So they have the option of these extras but in reality are unlikely to take it up as they can't afford it.

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