CIEH comments on Government funds to tackle rogue landlords

Publication Date: 22nd January 2016

Subject: Housing

Following the Housing Minister’s announcement of £5m worth of funding for councils to tackle rogue landlords, Bob Mayho, Principal Policy Officer for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: 

“The funds from the Government to tackle rogue landlords is a step in the right direction. £5million, however, is a relatively small amount of money and really only scratches at the surface of what is a much bigger problem.

“Sharing funds across 48 councils is also commendable but there appears to be no intelligence provided from the Government about why these particular councils were chosen and what criteria was involved. We would like to see the Government take a more structured approach next time to target problem areas and fund solutions, which in-turn will help cash-strapped councils plan their resources effectively.

“It is important to stress that it’s a small minority of landlords who provide poor housing, which can lead to physical health problems and poor mental wellbeing. We will continue to work with the Government on housing issues, as well as liaise with our local authorities colleagues receiving this new funding to gauge their experiences.”

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Notes to editors 

For enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org

The CIEH’s position on housing: www.cieh.org/policy/housing.html  

Link to Government announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/5-million-cash-for-councils-to-stop-rogue-landlords 

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries. 

For more information visit www.cieh.org and follow the CIEH on Twitter @The_CIEH. 

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