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Social housing sector coping with operational challenges from coronavirus

By May 7, 2020National News

The Regulator of Social Housing has published the results of its new monthly survey of housing associations and local authorities about how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

The social housing sector is generally reporting that it is still managing to maintain service delivery for emergency repairs and key health and safety checks despite the impact of coronavirus.

Providers responsible for care and support settings are reporting that they can currently maintain safe staffing levels and essential services. They highlight concerns about their ability to maintain safe staffing levels where there are outbreaks of coronavirus in the care setting itself, particularly where staff need to self isolate or due to illness, including anxiety and stress.

Social housing landlords’ survey responses describe a sector coping with the current considerable challenges. They report that they have, on the whole, been able to access PPE, but supply and continuity is highly uncertain and they have concerns about the supply chain for other materials. Emergency repairs are being maintained, but backlogs of routine repairs and less critical safety checks are building up. Landlords also face challenges in carrying out safety checks where tenants need to shield themselves from the virus or are more generally afraid of providing access.

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)

You can read the report here (opens in a new tab)

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