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Social housing watchdog unveiled

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The government has dashed the Audit Commission's hopes of becoming the regulator of social housing by announcing plans for a new independent watchdog.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper announced on Monday that a new Office for Tenants & Social Landlords would be set up, in line with the recommendations of the Cave review of social housing in June.

It will assume the powers from the Housing Corporation, which invests in social housing and regulates housing associations, and the Audit Commission, which inspects council housing, arm's length management organisations and housing associations.

Under the new system, tenants' groups can alert the regulator to poor service while the regulator can impose penalties and sanctions on failing social landlords.
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