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Nominations to the ARCH Tenants’ Group 2021


Every two years ARCH members can nominate a tenant to become a member of the ARCH Tenants Group and applications are now invited for membership of this Group.

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Gove replaces Jenrick in Cabinet reshuffle

Michael Gove MP has replaced Robert Jenrick MP as Housing Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – Wave 1 competition

Applications for funding under the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (Wave 1 Competition) close on 15 October.

Limit on annual rent increases for 2022/23

On 15 November, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) updated the Rent Standard guidance that registered providers of social housing must comply with, to update the limit on annual rent increases for 2022 to 2023. 

RSH sets out approach to consumer regulation

A year after publication of the Social Housing White Paper the Regulator of Social Housing has set out their initial thinking on reshaping consumer regulation as proposed in the White Paper.

Social housing to be required to have smoke alarms fitted

In 2020 the Government launched a consultation paper seeking views on proposals to require the mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in social housing. On 23 November 2021 the Government published its response to the earlier consultation paper confirming that social housing will be required to have smoke alarms fitted.

Affordable housing starts down 16% in 2020/21

Latest statistics from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) on affordable housing supply show that there were 52,100 affordable homes delivered (completions) and 57,417 starts on site in England in the year April 2020 to March 2021 - decreases of 12% and 16% respectively when compared to the previous year.

Works started or completed on all high-rise social sector buildings with ACM cladding

The latest data release from the government’s Building Safety Programme shows that as of 31 October 2021, 160 high-rise social sector residential buildings have been identified with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations.

Representatives of new Building Safety Regulator to meet ARCH Executive Board

The recommendations of the Hackitt Review following the Grenfell fire and the resulting 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.

RSH statistics show evictions down from over 10,000 to less than 800

RSH statistics show that the coronavirus pandemic impacted on registered providers in a variety of ways with a dramatic fall in evictions by private registered providers from over 10,000 to fewer than 800.

Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury report and recommendations

Earlier this year we reported that our colleagues at the Northern Housing Consortium had commissioned a first of its kind “Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury” The Jury’s final report is now available and underlines the urgency of action required to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods.

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