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ARCH annual report


The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.


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Shelter Housing Commission calls for 3.1 million more social homes


A new report produced by an independent cross-party commission calls on the government to deliver enough social homes over the next 20 years for the 3.1 million households who will be failed by the housing market.

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ARCH New Build Network meeting: 20 February 2019

The next meeting of the ARCH New Build Network will take place on 20 February 2019. ARCH member councils are entitled to 2 free places.

100 years of council housing – a time for celebration

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1919 ‘Addison Act’, which paved the way for large-scale council housing. The 1919 Housing & Town Planning Act for the first time made housing a national responsibility and gave councils the task of developing new housing for working people.

53-week rent year and Universal Credit

A number of ARCH member councils have raised the issue of the 53-week year and the impact on Universal Credit entitlement for tenants and rent reductions required under the Welfare Reform & Work Act.

Amber Rudd announces further concessions on Universal Credit

In her first major speech, new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Amber Rudd has announced that the government will not extend the two-child limit on Universal Credit for children born before April 2017, when the policy came into effect, benefitting around 15,000 families.

Homes (Fitness for human habitation) Bill receives Royal Assent

Under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, landlords of both social and privately rented properties must make sure that their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy.

Hackitt Implementation Plan published

The Government has announced the publication of an Implementation Plan, explaining how the Government will implement the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of building regulations and fire safety.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Modern Methods of Construction

The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has launched a new inquiry into Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and their potential role in boosting housing supply.

RTB sales fall 22% in Quarter 2

Latest figures show that councils sold an estimated 2,417 dwellings under the RTB in Quarter 2 of 2018-19 (July to September 2018). This is a decrease of 22% on the same quarter of 2017-18.

Season’s Greetings

ARCH Chief Executive, John Bibby reflects on a year which heralded the dawn of a new generation of council housing and looks forward to 2019.

LGA offers financial support for council house building

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a “Building Council Homes Programme” and is inviting bids from councils for grants of up to £50,000 to develop skills and capacity to deliver new council homes.

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