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MHCLG updates the HRA Guidance

19/11/2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published two pieces of guidance for stock retained councils on the operation of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) ringfence and on rent setting and applications to vary from the Government’s rent policy where it would cause the local authority serious and unavoidable financial difficulty in managing its HRA.

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ARCH initial response to the Social Housing White Paper
18/11/2020

The Government on 17 November announced the long-awaited Social Housing White Paper entitled "The Charter for Social Housing Residents."

Building post-pandemic prosperity – the case for council housing
16/11/2020

New research jointly commissioned by ARCH, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) finds that a post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 new social homes for rent each year would not only meet demand for affordable homes but deliver a £14.5 billion boost to the economy – the equivalent to over half of the entire annual economic performance of Birmingham - new research reveals today.

RSH publishes the latest Coronavirus Operational Response Survey
20/11/2020

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has published its latest Coronavirus Operational Response Survey report on how social landlords are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. The report reflects the situation prior to the introduction of the latest national restrictions.

The Charter for Social Housing Residents – Social Housing White Paper
19/11/2020

The Government has published its long-awaited Social Housing White Paper on 17 November 2020. The White Paper, labelled as a “Charter for Social Housing Residents” sets out a range of measures to strengthen the regulation of social landlords and empower tenants and residents to hold their landlord to account and obtain redress where service falls below standards expected.

Housing Ombudsman publishes FAQs on the new Complaint Handling Code
19/11/2020

The Housing Ombudsman’s new Complaint Handling Code published in July requires landlords to self-assess against the code and publish the results by 31 December 2020.

Survey suggests planning reforms will lead to fewer social rented homes
19/11/2020

Results of a survey by the Affordable Housing Commission suggest that social landlords think the Government’s Planning White Paper will lead to fewer social rented homes.

Evictions suspended during the new Covid-19 lockdown
06/11/2020

The Government has announced that renters will be further protected from eviction during the new national lockdown.

10 November 2020: Help create a campaign moment
05/11/2020

ARCH has been working in partnership with the National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing, National Federation of ALMOs and Crisis on the Homes at the Heart Campaign - a national campaign and coalition calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing.

Construction, repairs and lettings to continue during lockdown
05/11/2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has written to the housing industry to make it clear that the construction industry and its supply chain should continue to work during the second Covid-19 national lockdown.

Regulator publishes the latest Coronavirus Operational Response Survey
23/10/2020

The Regulator of Social Housing has published the results of the sixth in its series of monthly surveys of registered providers of social housing assessing how council and housing association landlords and other registered providers are coping with the impact of Covid-19 on housing services.

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