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HouseMark releases latest COVID-19 data


HouseMark has released the latest results from month two of their sector-wide COVID-19 impact analysis. The membership-exclusive report is the first to reveal the effect of COVID-19 on the sector during the April ‘peak’ of the pandemic, providing critical insights to understand the ongoing impact and prioritise action to support recovery.

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Housing Minister’s letter to social housing residents

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has written an open letter to social housing residents to provide update from the Government on the steps being taken to support them during the Government’s plan to reopen society as the country emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

We say a Big Housing Thank You

ARCH is pleased to support the #BigHousingThankyou on Wednesday 20 May 2020 to celebrate our frontline housing workers, the invisible heroes of the country's COVID-19 battle.

New £500million refund package for councils

The Government, on 2 July, announced an additional £500m in emergency funding for councils, alongside a new scheme that will reimburse local authorities, in part, for income lost during the coronavirus pandemic. Recognising that councils are best placed to decide how to meet pressures in their local area, this funding has not been ringfenced.

Prime Minister promises to “Build, Build, Build”

The Prime Minister delivered a major speech on the economy on 30 June promising to “Build, Build, Build” but there was little detail of any significant new money for social and affordable housing other than confirmation of the £12billion allocated to a 5 year Affordable Homes Programme from 2021 as previously announced in the March 2020 Budget.

“Homes at the Heart’ sector wide campaign launched to put social housing at the centre of COVID-19 recovery

ARCH has joined together with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the National Housing Federation (NHF), the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and Crisis to launch the “Homes at the Heart” campaign, with more than 60 other organisations backing the campaign.

Preparing for the resumption of possession proceedings - update

ARCH has been asked to participate in the judicial Working Party established to plan arrangements for the resumption of possession proceedings from 23 August 2020.

Social housing to be prioritised for veterans and their families

On 27 June 2020, Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher announced new measures to provide improved access to social housing for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Housing Ombudsman publishes second in series of Insight Reports

As part of the commitment to sharing more knowledge and learning from their complaints casework the Housing Ombudsman has published the second in the series of Insight reports into complaints data drawing together key lessons for housing landlords.

Latest HouseMark COVID-19 impact data shows performance is stabilising, but mitigation is required

HouseMark has shared the month three findings from their sector-wide COVID-19 impact analysis. The report assesses the impact of the pandemic on the social housing sector, enabling landlords to forecast out-turns and prioritise recovery action

Guidance on reopening council buildings and community facilities

As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, most council offices and buildings were closed to the public and staff encouraged to work from home where possible during the lockdown period however as the lockdown restrictions are eased the Government on 30 June published further guidance for those managing council buildings on reopening them.

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