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ARCH annual report


The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.


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Housing Green Paper briefing and initial reaction


First announced in September 2017 by former Secretary of State Sajid Javid and initially promised by the spring of 2018 and then before the Parliamentary Recess on 24 July, the long awaited Social Housing Green Paper was finally published on 14 August.

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Supported housing funding to be retained in housing benefit

The Government announced on 9 August 2018 that housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, reversing previous proposals set out in a consultation paper last year.

Rough sleeping strategy launched

The Conservative Manifesto for the 2017 General Election promised to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027. On 13 August 2018 the Government published its Rough Sleeping Strategy for delivering this commitment.

Government issues consultation on use of RTB receipts

In a written Ministerial statement on 29 March 2018, accepting that the current restrictions around the use of Right to Buy receipts are a barrier to delivery of more homes, the Government said it would consult with the sector on more flexible arrangements.

Help and advice available to tackle illegal money lending

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has issued their latest summer newsletter outlining successes in tackling loan sharks and illegal money lending.

Housing Association RTB pilot launched

The Government has launched the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy Pilot giving housing association tenants the opportunity to buy their home at a discount with the Government promising to reimburse housing associations for the discounts they give to tenants.

New garden communities programme announced

The Government has launched a programme and prospectus, inviting bids to develop new garden towns and villages.

Housing Green Paper expected “shortly”

Following the government’s failure to publish the Housing Green Paper before the Parliamentary Recess MHCLG officials have informed ARCH that the Green Paper will be published “shortly”.

Revised National Planning Policy Framework published

In a Ministerial Statement, issued on the day Parliament rose for its summer recess, Secretary of State, James Brokenshire published the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

Fire doors from 5 suppliers found to fail fire safety standards 

The government has announced that fire doors from 5 suppliers have now been identified as failing to meet requisite fire performance standards.

Minister “at a loss” to understand use of HRA borrowing headroom

Before Parliament went off for its summer holidays, new Housing Minister Kit Malthouse said he was “at a loss” to understand why councils don’t use their full HRA borrowing capacity to build new homes. ARCH has written to the new minister to explain.

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