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In the shadow of last week's announcements about massive NHS reform, similarly large plans for reform of social housing took another step towards becoming reality.
The housing minister, Grant Shapps, has identified problems with social housing in England, which he plans to tackle through a range of legal and policy changes. He is right that there are problems - high levels of worklessness; long waiting lists; and limited mobility for existing tenants. But we shouldn't forget there are also many strengths - quality property and management; long-term landlords who invest in communities; and strong civic activism among tenants. And also rents which in most places are well below the cost of renting or owning in the private market. Read More: