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Autumn Statement 2023: Housing Implications


On 22 November Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt gave his second Autumn statement.

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New Housing Minister appointed

As part of the government reshuffle announced on 13 November, Rachel Maclean MP was sacked as Minister for Housing and replaced by Lee Rowley MP, who becomes the 16th holder of this office since 2010.

ARCH Response to consultation on provision of information on tenants’ rights

ARCH has responded to a consultation held by DLUHC on a new direction to the Regulator of Social Housing which would require social landlords to provide specified information to tenants on their rights, including their rights to complain.

Wokingham and Stevenage win Affordable Housing Awards

ARCH members Wokingham and Stevenage have both been named as 2023 winners in the prestigious Affordable Housing Awards organised by Ocean Media.

Invitation to enter for Municipal Journal Awards 2024

All ARCH member authorities are invited to put themselves forward for the Municipal Journal Awards to be announced in June 2024. Details of the awards and how to apply are here. Awards will be made in 19 categories covering the full range of local authority functions, including one for Best Social Housing Initiative.

Key Risks and Challenges facing the Social Housing Sector

The regulator of Social Housing has published its annual assessment of the key risks and challenges facing the social housing sector.

King’s Speech: proposed housing Bills

On 7 November King Charles gave his first speech as King opening the new session of Parliament, probably the last before a General Election is called. As is traditional, he listed the Government’s proposed programme of legislation for the session.

ARCH responses to recent consultations

ARCH has submitted responses to two recent consultation papers issued by the Regulator of Social Housing which have important implications for local authority landlords - on the new consumer standards which they will be expected to meet, and the fees that the Regulator plans to charge, from April 2024.

High Rise Buildings – preparation of safety cases

As part of the new regulatory regime for high rise buildings, local authorities (technically the Principal Accountable Person (PAP) named in each local authority) were required by 1 October to register each of their high-rise council blocks with the Building Safety Regulator.

Council rent increases April 2024

On 18 October the Office of National Statistics reported that the Consumer Prices Index rose by 6.7% in the 12 months to September 2023, the same amount as in August.

Renters Reform Bill gets second reading

The delayed Renters (Reform) Bill passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 23 October.

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