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Tenant Services Authority: Publicity

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of the Tenant Services Authority’s pink camper van campaign. (251733)

The TSA is the successor (since 1 December 2008) to the Housing Corporation as the regulator of housing associations. It has been set 10 statutory objectives relating to the supply, quality and management of social housing, protection for and involvement of tenants in estate management, the financial viability and proper conduct of HAs, and ‘light touch’ regulation.

The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 gives it powers to set standards for the nature, extent and quality of accommodation, and facilities and services provided by HAs, and in respect of the management of HAs’ financial and other affairs. It is expected that these powers will be brought into effect early in 2010.

The TSA is therefore undertaking wide-ranging public consultation in 2009 on how to exercise these powers. It has launched a ‘National Conversation’ and is encouraging landlords all over England to engage their tenants in discussion. The TSA is also holding its own events and activities. These include hiring a camper van fitted out with a video camera for nine days, which has proved to be an effective way of speaking to tenants who would not otherwise give their views through more traditional consultation events. The cost of hiring this facility is £14,816.00 plus VAT.