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£2 billion boost for affordable housing


The government has confirmed plans for what it says will be a new generation of council and housing association homes by increasing funding for affordable homes by a further £2 billion to more than £9 billion. But how much of this will be available for new council housing?

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Households in temporary accommodation up again

Latest figures released by DCLG show that 78,180 households were living in temporary accommodation on 30 June 2017 – up 7% on a year earlier, and up 63% on the low of 48,010 at 31 December 2010.

Building Bridges

A close relationship between local authorities and housing associations will be crucial to meet housing need, according to a new best practice research guide by ARCH, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and housing association VIVID.

Consultation on rent policy due “very, very soon”

Secretary of State Sajid Javid is reported as saying that housing associations and councils can expect consultations the government’s rent policy post 2020 “very, very soon”.

Chief Officers’ Conference 2017

ARCH are holding a joint conference with our colleagues in the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA).

Greater Manchester to receive £3.8m to tackle homelessness

Greater Manchester will receive almost £3.8 million to develop a new city region-wide approach to preventing homelessness and reducing rough sleeping.

Rents to return to CPI + 1% from 2020

The government have confirmed plans to revert to the previous policy of limiting rent increases to CPI+1% from 2020 following expiry of the current 4 year, 1% year on year mandatory rent reductions.

HRA flexibilities hinted at for fire safety works

The Communities Secretary in giving evidence to the Communities & Local Government Committee has said that the government will not provide direct funding to councils to help pay for retro-fitting of sprinklers and other fire safety work but may consider increased borrowing flexibilities.

Members of ARCH Tenants' Group attend meetings with Housing Minister

The Chair and 2 other members of the ARCH Tenant Group will be attending the resident engagement meeting with the Housing Minister on 1 November.

RTB sales down in Qtr 1 2017/18

Sales of council housing under the governments reinvigorated Right to Buy (RTB) fell by 23% in the first quarter of 2017/18 compared to the same quarter in the year previous (2017/18).

Housing Green Paper announced

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the government’s intention to bring forward a Housing Green Paper on social housing in England – a wide ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector, the Secretary of State promises it will be the most substantial report of its kind for a generation.

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