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MHCLG invites bids for additional HRA Borrowing Programme


Local authorities in London and other areas of “high affordability pressures” will be able to bid for increases in their HRA borrowing caps between 2019 to 2020 and 2021 to 2022.

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£400m ACM Cladding Remediation Fund open for bids

MHCLG) has provided further details on how councils can apply for the £400m Social Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund for grant to cover the costs of removing and replacing unsafe ACM cladding on their high- rise buildings.

79,880 homeless households in temporary accommodation

Latest government figures show that the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has risen again in the last quarter to 79,880

Latest ARCH/NFA report highlights burden of debt caused by Universal Credit roll-out

In the latest of a series of joint reports, ARCH and the National Federation of Almos (NFA) have highlighted the increasing burden of debt that Universal Credit (UC) is causing for tenants and landlords.

Prime Minister appoints new Housing Minister

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire takes over as the 5th Housing Minister since the 2015 General Election.

MHCLG and Homes England explain HRA Borrowing Programme

Senior officials from MHCLG and Homes England attended a special meeting of the ARCH New Build Network on 18 July to take delegates through the detail of the recently announced HRA Borrowing Programme.

EHS report into the social rented sector

The English Housing Survey (EHS) has produced a report of its latest survey focusing on the social rented sector.

Government consults on longer tenancies in PRS

The government has issued a consultation paper inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords in the private rented sector offering longer tenancies but there have been no further announcements on plans to abolish lifetime tenancies for council tenancies.

RTB sales decrease but replacements fall short of 1 for 1 target

Sales of council housing under the RTB fell in the quarter to 31 March 2018 by 18% over the previous quarter, but the government continues to fall short of the promised one for one replacement of homes sold under the reinvigorated RTB from 2012.

Letwin Review of build out rates

On 25 June the government published Sir Oliver Letwin’s draft analysis of the cause of the gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated and granted planning permission for housing.

Government consult on banning combustible cladding

As promised in response to publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety the Government have issued a consultation paper on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

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