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ARCH membership renewal 2021/22 29/04/2021

We have recently issued invitations to ARCH member councils to renew their ARCH membership for 2021/22.

 

ARCH is the only organisation that has the sole interests of stock retained councils and their tenants at heart and we continue to press the case for council housing. Our primary focus continues to be to respond to the Government's housing policy proposals, to help our members prepare for impending changes in housing legislation and to continue to embed and improve on our member offer.


The ARCH Board continues to work hard to raise the profile and reflect the significant achievements of the stock retained sector and influence Government thinking at the highest level. We have met with Ministers and have regular dialogue with senior officials in various Government departments including at MHCLG, DWP, HM Treasury, BEIS and the Home Office. We also represent stock retained councils on various Government working groups including the Decent Homes Review Sounding Board and the DWP Strategic Landlord's Forum.

 

With the implementation of the Residents Charter and Social Housing White Paper proposals, the Building Safety and Fire Safety Bills, the Decarbonisation agenda and the need to build more social housing, the sector is facing a number of significant challenges over the next few years and it is vital that the voice of the stock retained sector is heard as these changes are implemented. We have established regular liaison with the Regulator for Social Housing and the Housing Ombudsman and will continue work with our member councils to share learning and experiences as the new regulatory framework evolves.  


ARCH membership continues to offer excellent value for money and our membership fees have once again been frozen this year and remain considerably lower than equivalent "trade bodies" such as the National Federation of Almos and National Housing Federation. In addition to being part of a strong organisation representing the collective interests of stock retained councils and their tenants, additional benefits of ARCH membership include:

 

  • A fortnightly e-bulletin providing up-to-date information on all matters affecting local authority housing, available free with no restrictions on numbers, to elected members, tenant representatives and officers of ARCH member councils.
  • Access to up to date news and policy briefings via the ARCH website.
  • Access to advice and guidance on national policy issues from the ARCH Chief Executive and Policy Adviser.
  • Attendance at ARCH events on key subject matters with limited free places for ARCH member councils.
  • Attendance at the annual two-day ARCH national chief officers conference with a programme of key speakers on housing issues.
  • Access to the ARCH Exchange to pool knowledge and experience, share best practice and reduce duplication of effort.
  • Attendance, free of charge, for up to 5 tenant representatives at the Annual ARCH Tenant Conference.
  • Opportunity for a nominated tenant representative to stand for election to join the ARCH Tenant Group.

 

We believe that ARCH membership represents excellent value for money and we are inviting ARCH member councils to renew their membership again this year - the Association currently has a growing membership of 69 local authority member councils and as the only organisation with the sole interests of stock retained councils and their tenants at heart, the greater our membership, the louder our voice!



We have written to the lead contact at each of our member councils to invite renewal of their ARCH membership for 2021/22 by contacting Julie Morton on julie.morton@arch-housing.org.uk by Friday 30 April 2021.

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