Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bonds for public housing? Credit where it's due...

We recently grumbled about the lack of consultation leading up to the proposed introduction of bonds for public housing tenancies.

Since then, FACS Housing has expanded the handful of non-government housing peaks it has asked to comment on a draft operational framework, and the Minister for Social Housing himself has invited several of us to meet with him to discuss our concerns.

It's entirely possible that none of this would have happened if not for our grumble, but it's likely the grumbling of others has had a fair bit of impact, too. We know we're not the only ones put out by the proposal, and we're not the only ones who've said as much.

This is an indication that the NSW Government is prepared to stop and listen when it aims wide of the mark on policy, and we've got to give them credit for that. But even so, the Minister has confirmed his commitment to bonds for public housing tenancies.

Numerous advocacy groups have implored him to reconsider, and this includes the TU. Our comments on the draft policy and operational framework can be found here.

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