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Over 2 million fewer council homes

19/01/2018

The latest local authority housing statistics illustrate the continuing decline in the numbers of council housing, revealing that councils in England owned 1.6 million dwellings on 1 April 2017 – a decrease from the 3.67 million homes owned on 1 April 1994. Council landlords were able to make 112,600 lettings in 2016-17 but this was nearly 8,000 less than the 120,500 lettings made in 2015-16.

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Independent Review of Building Regulations & Fire Safety
04/01/2018

The interim report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt was published on 18 December.

Funding of fire safety works: making the case to government
04/01/2018

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has repeatedly said they expect councils to fund essential fire safety works and to draw on their existing resources to do so and that any councils with concerns about funding essential fire safety measures should contact the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) to discuss their concerns.

79,190 households in temporary accommodation
04/01/2018

Latest figures from DCLG show that there were 79,190 households living in temporary accommodation at 30 September 2017 and the influential Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have described the extent of homelessness across England as a national crisis.

Building Bridges
25/09/2017

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.

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill
19/01/2018

The Government have introduced a Bill in the House of Lords which could pave the way for Regulations to bring in fixed term tenancies under Part 4 of the Housing & planning Act 2016.

Government support Private Members Bill
19/01/2018

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid has confirmed government support for measures proposed by Karen Buck Labour MP for Westminster North in a Private Member’s Bill which will require councils and other landlords to ensure that the homes they manage are fit for human habitation or face prosecution.

Change of name and new Ministerial teams at DCLG
19/01/2018

There have been a number of significant changes in the ministerial team under Secretary of State Sajid Javid at the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department has been given a new name as part of the ministerial reshuffle.

Homes England & new Regulator launched
19/01/2018

The Government have launched Homes England and Regulator of Social Housing launched under separate identities to replace the Homes & Communities Agency.

Tenants Group hear details of Stevenage’ tenant scrutiny arrangements
19/01/2018

The ARCH Tenants Group held their first meeting of the New Year on 8 January at the Chartered Institute of Housing offices in London and received a presentation from tenant representatives at Stevenage outlining the local tenant scrutiny arrangements at the council.

Tenants invited to comment on future of social housing
19/01/2018

The government have published an on-line feedback questionnaire to offer an opportunity for all council, housing association and housing co-op tenants to express their views on key issues and concerns related to social housing.

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