Grant Shapps welcomes social landlord transparency

by Gary Whittaker

The latest social landlord to open its books and reveal details of expenditures over £500 has been praised for its transparency.

Housing minister Grant Shapps welcomed the move by Viridian, which announced plans to publish all transactions.

It was suggested this would not only make the company more accountable to its tenants, also help increase efficiency.

"With more pressure on the public purse than ever, all organisations that receive money from the taxpayer should expect to come under greater scrutiny," Mr Shapps commented.

He called for other housing associations to follow Viridian's lead and move towards greater public openness.

Mr Shapps has been pushing for all social landlords to match his department's commitment to transparency since he took over the role of housing minister.

Viridian provides homes for more than 30,000 residents across London, the south-east, the Midlands and West Sussex, with around 16,000 run in partnership with local authorities, organisations and residents.

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16-February-12General Lettings News