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2021 ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey


We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Annual Survey into Universal Credit and Welfare Reform.

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Latest homelessness statistics and code of guidance for councils

Government have published the latest quarterly homelessness statistics in England for the quarter between October 2020 to 31 December 2020.

ARCH membership renewal 2021/22

We have recently issued invitations to ARCH member councils to renew their ARCH membership for 2021/22.

Independent experts to review safety of construction materials

On 20 April Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the appointment of two experts to lead an independent review of the system for testing construction products.

Consultation on code of practice for fire risk assessments

A consultation has been launched on a new code of practice for carrying out Fire Risk Appraisals and Assessments (FRAA) of the external wall construction of multi-storey and multi occupied residential buildings.

Homes England opens bids for AHP strategic partners

Bidding for housing providers, including local authorities, to become Homes England’s strategic partners and receive funding through the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme will close on 18 May 2021.

New Housing Possession Mediation Service launched

Government has launched a new Housing Possession Mediation Service for landlords and tenants undergoing possession proceedings and has updated guidance on the possession action process for social rented tenants.

Electrical Safety Review underway

MHCLG officials have established an Electrical Safety Working Group to provide a forum to discuss the best way to ensure social homes are safe in respect of electrical safety.

Ombudsman issues a call for evidence on thematic investigation of damp and mould

The Housing Ombudsman Service has issued its first call for evidence to support a thematic investigation which will look at damp and mould in social housing.

The Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme

The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium -England and Wales) Regulations 2020 come into force on 4 May 2021.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund now open

Community organisations, charities and resident groups can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome.

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