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Government consult on restricting or banning “desktop studies”


Following the Grenfell fire, the Government have issued consultation on restricting or banning the use of ‘desktop studies’ as a way of assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems.

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Labour Party to launch results of affordable housing review

Labour are expected to launch the outcome of its affordable housing review and Green Paper on 16 April

Minister says Government will consult on RTB flexibilities

In a written statement (HCWS 614) to Parliament on the 29 March 2018, Housing Minister Dominic Raab announced that the Government will consult with the sector on providing greater flexibility around how local authorities can use their RTB (Right to Buy) receipts, and how to ensure that we continue to support local authorities to build more council homes.

Government rethink on Housing Benefit for 18-21 year olds

The government reversed its previously announced policy to scrap housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds under Universal Credit.

ARCH Tenant Group discuss Housing Green Paper

The ARCH Tenant Group met on 26 March and, as part of a busy agenda, the Group discussed what they would like to see in the forthcoming Housing Green Paper and their views on the Government’s proposals for strengthening consumer redress in housing.

Fixed Term tenancies

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 19 March 2018 but Ministers gave no indication of when the government intend to take forward plans for the introduction of mandatory fixed term tenancies.

Grenfell: 82 households still in temporary accommodation

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, made a statement on 22 March 2018 updating the House of Commons on Grenfell Tower.

Homeless households in temporary accommodation continue to rise

Latest Government figures show that the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation continue to rise.

Benefit to Society event

100 people attended the launch of ‘Benefit to Society’ at The House of Commons on 28 February. Tenants from across the country called on politicians to back the campaign and actively challenge negative stereotypes about social housing tenants.

Government launch overhaul of Planning Policy

The Government have announced a major overhaul of the National Planning Policy Framework including reforms to developer contributions to affordable housing & infrastructure.

Chancellors Spring Statement

Chancellor Phillip Hammond gave his Spring Statement on 13 March 2018. In line with the new practice of announcing major changes to tax and spending plans in an Autumn Budget, the statement provided an update on tax and spending plans already announced, including for housing, but no major changes.

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