Social Housing Quality Resident Panel

Find out more about government’s new Social Housing Quality Resident Panel.

Applies to England

TheThank you for your interest in the Social Housing Quality Resident Panel bringsand taking the time to apply to become a member.

Due to the level of interest we received we were unfortunately unable to accept every application, but we have tried to form a panel that fairly represents the diversity of the social housing population. The members of the panel have been selected with the aim of having a good mix of residents who live in different housing types covering the UK with representation from across a range of demographics and characteristics.

The panel has been selected purely on the basis of allowing the panel to represent the diversity of people who live in social housing and we have not attempted to judge the merit of one applicant over another. if you would like to find out more about the panel representation please see the charts that provide a breakdown of the panel membership.

All applicants will shortly receive an email informing them of the outcome of their application. If you do not receive an email, please contact us at

Updates on the work of the panel and summaries from each session will be published here.

On 29 March 2022 we launched the Social Housing Quality Resident Panel, bringing together social housing residents from across the country so they can directly share their views with the government and ministers on our approach to driving up the quality of social housing.

We are committed to listening to social housing residents, making sure they can have their voices heard and acting on what we hear.

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Topics of discussion

Residents should live in good-quality homes and neighbourhoods and feel safe and secure. They should know how their landlord is performing, be treated with respect and have their voice heard, and if they feel their landlord does not provide this service, be able to make a complaint promptly and fairly.

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Wider issues which may impact on social housing quality, such as waiting lists, how much new social housing should be built and where this should be located, will not be discussed formally as part of this Resident Panel. We know these are important issues for many residents but want to ensure the Panel is focused on the specific measures we are taking to drive up quality. A full list of topics for discussion will be agreed in the first meeting.

Format of the meetings

The Social Housing Quality Resident Panel bringswill be representative of 250 social housing residents from across the countrycountry, together, who will meet quarterlyaround 3 times a year for the foreseeable future. We will hold at least 6 meetings.

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Will you share my information with anyone else?

No. All information shared will be treated confidentially and we will ensure that you cannot be identified. The privacy notice sets out how we will protect your data, and how it will be used.

How havewill you chosenchoose which residents will join the Panel?

We havewill ensuredensure the Panel has a broad mix of residents from different regions and types of landlords. We also want to hear from residents who are already engaged through resident associations, and those who are not, so that there is a mix of experience on the panel.

Why are you not talking about wider issues, such as waiting lists or supply of social housing?

We know there are many issues social housing residents will want to raise. We want to focus discussion on measures which will directly drive improvements in social housing quality, to ensure discussions are focused and recommendations for the government are specific to this issue.


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Why is the Panel only open to residents in England?

Social housing is a devolved issue. Separate arrangements apply in the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is the Resident Panel a national tenant voice?

We know that ‘national tenant voice’ can mean different things to people. The Resident Panel will have a specific purpose, which is to discuss our social housing quality programme and the measures within this. We want residents’ experiences and views to shape our approach to improving quality in social housing.

What is the long-term future for the Resident Panel?

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Can shared owners, leaseholders and residents of supported housing apply?

We will consider how to improve the quality of social housing for all residents of social housing, including those who rent, leaseholders, and shared owners. All social housing residents are welcome to apply.

Published 29 March 2022
Last updated 242 JanuaryAugust 20232022 + show all updates
  1. Page updated following the first meeting of the Panel.

  2. Updated following selection of the panel.

  3. Updated to include message about additional diversity and inclusion survey.

  4. First published.