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ARCH annual report


The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.


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2019 ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey 18/04/2019 Labelled as Scrutiny, Legislation, Tenants

This year's annual ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform survey is now out for completion.


Our annual Welfare Reform survey has proved influential in evidencing the impact of welfare reform on council tenants and council landlords and we have used the evidence gathered from this annual survey to raise issues of concern with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).


Following publication of the report on the findings of the 2018 Welfare Reform Survey ARCH Chair Councillor Kim Caddy, together with representatives from the NFA, met with DWP Minister Justin Tomlinson MP to discuss the findings of the report and several of the issues highlighted in our report were subsequently addressed by changes to Universal Credit.


The data that councils have provided us with over the last few years has enabled us to make the case for policy changes to Universal Credit, such as the abolition of the 7-day waiting period and implementation of the two-week roll-on of Housing Benefit. It has also given us a secure evidence base to work with DWP at the national Strategic Landlords' Group to improve the mechanics of Universal Credit, including through the Landlords' Portal. With managed migration on the horizon, it is more important than ever that we collect your views and experiences, so we can feed these back to DWP. 


We are keen to ensure a good response to this year's survey and are therefore asking as many ARCH member councils as possible to participate.


The 2019 Survey is being sent out to our contacts at ARCH member councils this week and we are asking for responses by Friday 10 May 2019.


Please help us to make sure that the Government fully understand the impact of welfare reform on social landlords and tenants by ensuring that if your council has been asked to complete the welfare reform survey you do so as quickly as possible.


If your council hasn't received your copy of the survey for completion or you wish to discuss the survey, please contact ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby:

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