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ARCH annual report


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


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Good practice in tenant engagement


The Local Government Association (LGA) has commissioned the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) to investigate, capture and report on good practice in tenant engagement delivered by councils across the country.

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Planning for New Homes

On 8 February, the National Audit Office published a report assessing how effectively MHCLG supports the planning regime to provide the right homes in the right places and help meet the objective to 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

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.

Affordable Housing Commission: Call for evidence

ARCH has been invited by Lord Best to submit evidence to the independent Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) and we are keen to seek views, comments and evidence from ARCH member councils to inform our response.

Universal Credit and 53 week rent year: update

We reported previously on the matter of the financial year 2019/20 being a “53 week” year and the impact on Universal Credit entitlement for tenants and rent reductions required under the Welfare Reform & Work Act.

Welwyn Hatfield first to benefit from Accelerated Construction Programme

ARCH member, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has been awarded £10.6 million funding to prepare three sites to build 670 new homes in the borough.

Lower proportion of non-decent homes in the social rented sector

The English Housing Survey has published a Headline Report on the findings from its 2017-18 survey. This is the first release of data from the 2017-18 survey which will be followed up with a series of more detailed topic reports in July.

Electrical inspections in private rented accommodation

The government is introducing new rules to ensure electrical inspections in the private sector are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors.

Government guidance in the event of a "no deal" Brexit

Government has issued two technical guidance notes in the event of a “no deal” Brexit.

Consultation on new guidance to improve access to social housing for service personnel

The Government has issued a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for new statutory guidance for local authorities to improve access to social housing for members of the Armed Forces community, veterans and their families.

Housing Association fined £1m for lift death

A Dorset based housing association has been fined £1m for breaches of health and safety legislation leading to the death of a five-year-old girl.

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