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

 

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ARCH/NFA consultation on future rents policy 27/04/2017 Labelled as Consultation

We will be writing to all ARCH members asking for responses to a consultation paper we have drawn up jointly with the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) on council rents after 2020. 

 

The present government is committed to reducing rents by 1% a year until 2020 but has promised discussions with the local authority and housing association sectors on rents policy thereafter.

 

The Housing White Paper promised a new rent policy for social housing landlords for the period beyond 2020 to help them to borrow against future income with the aim of ensuring they have the confidence they need about their future income to plan for future investment in new and existing stock. 

 

Our consultation paper sets out various options including a rent freeze and various levels of annual increases and asks for members' views on these options and an assessment of the impact of each option on future investment in the housing stock, including new construction. It also asks for an assessment of the impact of the government's plan to restrict housing benefit and Universal Credit to Local Housing Allowance levels from next year.

 

We anticipate an announcement on Social Rent Policy may be made in the Autumn Budget. However, we want to put a case to government in advance of any announcement and are seeking the views of ARCH members to inform that case.

 

Please email us at info@arch-housing.org.uk if you have any questions about this consultation.

 

The ARCH Tenants' Group will also be consulted and their views sought. 

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