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Government consult on banning combustible cladding


As promised in response to publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety the Government have issued a consultation paper on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

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Housing Green Paper: opening the debate

Ahead of the publication of the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper, ARCH has submitted its views to MHCLG in a paper entitled Social Housing We Can All Be Proud of.

Only 990 social rented homes completed under Homes England programmes

Latest statistics from Homes England reveal that of the 25,841 affordable homes delivered through programmes managed by Homes England and completed in 2017-18, only 990 were provided for social rent.

EHRC publish Inquiry Report into housing for disabled people

ARCH and a number of contributing ARCH member councils and their tenants have been thanked by the EHRC (Equalities & Human Rights Commission) for their input into an EHRC Inquiry Report entitled “Housing and disabled people, Britain’s hidden crisis”.

Schools encouraged to go Green for Grenfell

As we approach the 1st anniversary of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, schools across the country are encouraged to wear green and help their local communities as part of Green for Grenfell Day on Friday 15 June.

ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey – call for evidence

We are currently preparing our annual survey into the impact of welfare reform on ARCH & NFA landlords and tenants. We are keen to ensure a good response and are asking as many ARCH member councils as possible to participate in this year’s survey.

Government to give councils the option of establishing development corporations

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that the Government will give councils the option of applying to establish development corporations. These will be locally accountable and must listen to the views of the community to ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.

Public attitudes to housebuilding

MHCLG have published findings from the British Attitudes Survey 2017 into public attitudes to house building.

New Director General for housing at MHCLG

The Ministry of Housing confirms appointment of a new Director General for housing.

Mayor of London publishes Housing Strategy

The Mayor of London has published a housing strategy for London following earlier consultation on a draft document.

Hackitt recommends new regulatory framework for Higher Risk Residential Buildings

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, has recommended introduction of a new regulatory framework to improve building safety and to rebuild trust among residents of high-rise buildings. What might it mean for the housing sector?

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