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Review of the Decent Homes Standard


The Social Housing White Paper announced a review of the Decent Homes Standard and MHCLG has invited ARCH to join a Decent Homes Review Sounding Board to review the evidence and support the work of the review.

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Better housing is crucial for our health and the COVID-19 recovery

New analysis by the Health Foundation recommends that major changes to housing policy, such as more secure private tenancies, reversing cuts to housing benefit and building more social housing, are needed to reduce the impact of poor-quality homes on people’s health.

MHCLG updates COVID-19 guidance following national lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s address on Monday 4 January announcing the new national lockdown, the Prime Minister gave a statement to Parliament on 6 January on the coronavirus regulations in England and provided an update on the rollout of vaccinations.

Review of the Decent Homes Standard - timetable

We previously reported on the invitation for ARCH to participate in the Government led review of the Decent Homes Standard as a core participant in the Decent Homes Sounding Board being set up by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).

Research to understand the views and needs of Building Safety Regulator duty-holders

The recommendations of the Hackitt Review and the resulting draft Building Safety Bill propose new legal duties and responsibilities for owners and managers of higher risk residential buildings including the appointment of named “Accountable Person” duty holders and Building Safety Managers.

Government establishes new Safety Regulator for construction materials

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the establishment of a new national construction products regulator set up to ensure homes are built from safe materials.

All new homes to be zero carbon ready by 2025

In its response to consultation on the Future Homes Standard, the Government has set out plans to radically improve the energy performance of new homes, with all new homes to be highly energy efficient, with low carbon heating and be zero carbon ready by 2025.

Government announces new height tolerance for ACM Cladding Remediation Funding

Government has announced revised height tolerances for access to the Social Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund.

MHCLG updates guidance on possession proceedings and evictions

The MHCLG has updated guidance on possession proceedings and evictions following extension of the eviction ban during the third national Covid-19 lockdown.

Leaseholders to be given a new right to extend their lease by 990 years

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced on 7 January 2021 that millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent.

Energy White Paper

The Government has published an Energy White Paper “Powering our Net Zero Future” setting out the next steps to achieve the commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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