Secretary of State meets Optivo residents to launch Green Paper


13 August 2018

Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has today (Tuesday 14 August) met with Optivo residents in Kent to launch a crucial Green Paper on proposals for the future of the Social Housing industry.

The Minister visited ‘Wild Ash Croft’ in Sittingbourne, Kent to talk with the local residents who recently moved into their new homes, developed by Optivo.

A visit to Optivo’s Extra Care scheme, Regis Gate, followed, where the Minister officially launched the landmark paper.

He said: “Providing high quality and well managed social housing is a core priority for this government.

“Our Green Paper offers a landmark opportunity for major reform to improve fairness, quality and safety for residents living in social housing across the country.

“Regardless of whether you own your home or rent, residents deserve security, dignity and the opportunities to build a better life.”

In December 2017, Optivo hosted a visit to Sittingbourne by the then Housing Minister, Alok Sharma, who held a consultation event with social housing residents, to obtain a frank and open communication about their experiences.

This event was an opportunity for residents to inform the Minister of their ideas and concerns, that have been addressed in the Social Housing Green Paper. This paved the way for today’s landmark visit.

Paul Hackett, CEO of Optivo, said: “We’re honoured to welcome James Brokenshire to Optivo to launch the Social Housing Green Paper. Resident involvement has always been at the heart of Optivo’s strategy, embedded into all services and every decision we make.

"Today’s event reinforces our dedication to residents and the value we place on ensuring they are involved throughout all aspects of our business.

“I’m delighted the Green Paper embraces a focus on the voices of tenants being heard. We’re not starting from scratch - there is excellent resident involvement going on right now, all over the country in associations of all types and sizes.

We have seen how resident involvement leads to greater efficiency in our services, stronger levels of trust from our residents and an increase in the quality of services we offer. We’re encouraged to see the government working to incorporate this as an industry standard, shaping a brighter future for residents in social housing and the industry as a whole.”