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Government launch overhaul of Planning Policy


The Government have announced a major overhaul of the National Planning Policy Framework including reforms to developer contributions to affordable housing & infrastructure.

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Chancellors Spring Statement

Chancellor Phillip Hammond gave his Spring Statement on 13 March 2018. In line with the new practice of announcing major changes to tax and spending plans in an Autumn Budget, the statement provided an update on tax and spending plans already announced, including for housing, but no major changes.

Housing Green Paper must boost supply of affordable rented homes

A new briefing paper by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation supports the case ARCH has put forward for more social rented housing.

Benefit to Society event

100 people attended the launch of ‘Benefit to Society’ at The House of Commons on 28 February. Tenants from across the country called on politicians to back the campaign and actively challenge negative stereotypes about social housing tenants.

Social housing tenants call for an end to stigma

Nine in ten (91%) social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by the media reveals a new report commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing.

Government launch consultation on improving housing complaints systems and consumer redress

The government have launched a consultation paper on ideas for a simpler and better system for dealing with housing complaints so future disputes can be resolved faster and consumers can access swift redress and compensation where it is owed.

£1 million financial support to help identify private residential buildings with ACM cladding

£1 million in financial support is to be made available to assist councils in identifying private sector residential buildings over 18 metres high with potentially unsafe ACM cladding.

Guidelines for referrals of homeless applicants to other local authorities

As a consequence of the Homelessness Reduction Act, the LGA are consulting on revisions to the guidelines for referral of homeless applicants between local authorities.

Problems with cavity wall insulation

We are working with the LGA to try to identify the scale and nature of problems caused by poorly installed cavity wall insulation.

Report calls for new Government thinking on affordable rents

The report entitled “Setting Social Rent - Economic analysis of policy options for social rents after 2020” assesses whether the Government’s policy of consumer price inflation plus one per cent policy is appropriate.

Government allocate £45 million from Land Release Fund

41 councils will benefit from a £45 million allocation from the Land Release Fund for developments on council land.

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