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The major political parties have now published their election manifestos ahead of the General Election on 12 December.

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57,485 affordable homes delivered but only 6,287 for social rent

Latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 57,485 affordable homes were completed in England in the period between April 2018 and March 2019. Although this represents an increase of 22% compared to the previous year, only 6,287 of those homes were for social rent.

Government spends £13.46 billion on Help to Buy

Latest figures show that in the period between 1 April 2013 and 30 June 2019, 236,313 properties were bought with the help of the Government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan and the value of those loans was £13.46 billion, with the value of properties sold under the Scheme totalling £62.04 billion.

Regulator issues a Regulatory Notice against ARCH member council

In the latest in a series of regulatory judgements the Regulator for Social Housing (RSH) has issued a Regulatory Notice against Runneymede Borough Council for failure to meet the Home Standard.

Birmingham and Wandsworth to become Hackitt ‘early adopters’

ARCH Executive Board members Birmingham and Wandsworth Councils have been invited to become ‘early adopters’ of the recommendations set out in the Hackitt Review.

Role of the new Building Safety Manager

CIH has been working on a draft competency framework for the new role of Building Safety Manager recommended by the Hackit report to be established for all high- rise residential buildings.

ARCH Chief Officers’ Conference and AGM: rearranged dates

Following the announcement of the snap General Election on 12 December we have taken the decision to rearrange this year’s Chief Officers’ Conference and ARCH AGM planned for 5th and 6th December 2019.

Safety Warning: Velux roof window

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has asked that we draw ARCH member councils’ attention to a safety warning issued by Velux Company Ltd due to a risk of spontaneous glass breakage and potential risk of injury.

Regulator confirms the Rent Standard following consultation

The Regulator for Social Housing (RSH) has issued its response to consultation on the new Rent Standard to apply to local authorities from April 2020.

Grenfell Public Inquiry Phase 1 Report published

The Grenfell Public Inquiry has published its Phase 1 report into the events of the 14 June 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in which 72 people lost their lives.

Housing Ombudsman issues consultation on improvements to the service

The Housing Ombudsman Service has published a new business plan for 2020-21 and revisions to the Housing Ombudsman Scheme for consultation.

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