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Government issues consultation on CPI+ 1% social rent policy 13/09/2018 Labelled as Consultation

The Government has issued the promised consultation on a proposed direction to the Regulator of Social Housing, on the previously announced social rent policy from 1 April 2020.


The Government is proposing to issue a new direction from the Secretary of State to the Regulator of Social Housing to ensure that, from 2020 onwards, the Regulator's rent standard:


  • reflects the Government's announcement in October 2017 that it intends to permit registered providers to increase their rents by up to CPI+1% each year, for a period of at least 5 years.
  • applies to local authority registered providers (as well as to private registered providers), to reflect the roll-out of Universal Credit


The proposed direction brings local authority registered providers of social housing within the scope of the Regulator of Social Housing's Rent Standard and also sets out the basis on which social rents and affordable rents are set.


The consultation paper is accompanied by:


  • A draft policy statement on rents for social housing (Social rent policy)
  • The draft direction on the Rent Standard 2018


The consultation will close on 8 November 2018.


ARCH will be considering the consultation and accompanying documents and we encourage our members to submit views and comments to ARCH Chief Executive, John Bibby ( ) for inclusion in our response, by no later than 30 September 2018.

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