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Building Safety Bill published


The Building Safety Bill was published on 5 July 2021 and has received its First Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill marks out significant changes to the way residential buildings should be constructed and maintained in the future.

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Retention of Right to Buy receipts - new guidance

Following the announcement of changes to the rules governing the use of capital receipts from the sale of council homes under the Right to Buy (RTB receipts), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now issued revised guidance on the use of RTB receipts.

ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey 2021

This year’s ARCH/ NFA Welfare Reform Survey “Heads Above Water” published on 30 June 2021 finds little increase in council housing debt but detects symptoms of a ,so far, less obvious and worrying pandemic impact that may soon drive up rent arrears across the social housing sector.

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.

Chancellor launches the Comprehensive Spending Review 2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, launched the Spending Review 2021 (SR21) on 7 September 2021. The Review will conclude on 27 October 2021 alongside the Autumn Budget.

HSE publishes Safety Case principles for high-rise residential buildings

Following the introduction of the Building Safety Bill, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published some early key messages on the proposed new safety case regime for high-rise residential buildings.

BSI publishes competency framework for the Building Safety Manager role

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has drafted a competence framework for the BSM role and is seeking views and comments on the framework.

Notice periods return to pre-Covid lengths

The Coronavirus Act 2020 protected renters by requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property in the social and private rental sectors.   These measures are in force until 30 September 2021 and, as announced in May, notice periods will return to their pre-Covid lengths from 1 October 2021.

£5million for local councils to provide housing support to Afghans coming to UK

Following the collapse of the Afghan government the Government has announced that additional healthcare provision, access to COVID-19 vaccinations and funding for housing will be provided to support eligible Afghans coming to the UK via the Afghanistan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme.

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