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ARCH briefings

ARCH briefings summarise the key points from new legislation, policy or research relevant to stock-retaining councils. They're intended for use by ARCH member councils to keep councillors, officers and tenants abreast of the latest developments and to inform decision-making.

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Housing implications of Brexit – the story so far Private

In the run-up to the EU referendum Remain campaigners claimed, among other damaging impacts on the UK economy and businesses, that house prices could fall by at least 10% and up to 18% over the next two years in the event of a vote for Brexit.

04/2016 Housing and Planning Bill Update Private

We've produced a briefing on the debate in the Lords on Part 4 of the Act relating to the extension of RTB to housing association tenants, sale of high-value council housing and the RTB levy, introduction of ‘pay to stay’ and phasing out of secure lifetime tenancies for council tenants.

05/2016 Welfare Reform and Work Bill Update Private

We've produced a briefing on the provisions of the Bill relating to social housing rents.

06/2016 The Budget: Implications for Housing Private

We've produced a briefing summarising the main measures in the Budget as they affect stock retained councils.

02/2016 Extension of Shared Ownership Private

We’ve put together a briefing which reviews whether it would be prudent for councils to consider the merits of similar schemes for council tenants and examines the current Social HomeBuy Scheme.

01/2016 Housing and Planning Bill update Private

ARCH Policy Adviser, Matthew Warburton, has produced a briefing on the provisions of Part 4 of the Bill as they currently stand, outlining the impact on stock retained councils' management of council housing and the rights of tenants.

Housing and Planning Bill update

The Housing and Planning Bill reached the report stage with the Public Bill Committee who concluded their scrutiny of the Bill yesterday (10 December). A number of amendments have been made to the Bill.

Autumn Statement and Spending Review: Implications for housing

A summary of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review and the implications for housing.

Care Act 2014: Implications for councils with housing

The Care Act 2014 provides a new statutory framework for adult care and support which, with limited exceptions, came into effect in April 2015. It applies primarily to unitary and county councils but has significant implications for all housing authorities.

Council housing rent reductions: Estimate of national impact

In preparing its response to the government’s announcements in the Summer Budget that council house rents must be reduced by 1% per year over the next four years, Matthew Warburton, ARCH Policy Adviser, has done some work to assess the impact nationally.

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