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ARCH consultations

ARCH consultations provide a briefing on the key proposals in consultation papers issued by Government and other bodies which are relevant to stock-retaining councils, and invite views from member authorities to inform the preparation of a formal ARCH response.

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Installation of mandatory smoke alarms – how quickly can landlords comply?

The fitting of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in all social housing will soon become mandatory. How prepared will your council be to ensure compliance with the new regulations when introduced?

Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry: Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes – call for evidence

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has issued a call for evidence for its inquiry into the energy efficiency of existing homes. ARCH would welcome member councils’ views to help inform a response to the call for evidence.

Call for evidence on: ‘The hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North’

The Smith Institute, in association with the Northern Housing Consortium, is embarking on a major research project to identify and evaluate the hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North and are seeking evidence from ARCH & ARCH member councils in the North.

ARCH response to the Hackitt Review

The ARCH Board is keen to respond to the recommendations in the Hackitt Review and to continue working with the Ministry on the next phase of implementation and we want to hear our members’ reaction to the report.

Has your council introduced fixed term tenancies?

We have been discussing the Government’s plans for introduction of mandatory fixed term tenancies with MHCLG officials and would like to hear from ARCH member councils that have already introduced fixed term tenancies for their housing stock.

Future funding for supported housing

Responses to the Government’s two consultation papers on future funding arrangements for sheltered and supported housing are due by 23 January.

Survey: Impact of recent government policy changes on council housing business plans

ARCH has been working with CIH and the CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) to assess the impact of recent government policy changes on council housing business plans.

CLC Select Committee inquiry into homelessness: draft ARCH submission

In a previous bulletin (8 January 2016), we reported that the CLG Select Committee of MPs had announced an inquiry into the causes of homelessness and the measures taken by national and local governments to prevent and respond to it.

Pay to Stay: ARCH response

We're preparing our response to The DCLG consultation paper on the introduction of mandatory higher rents for so called “high income” tenants.

CLG Select Committee inquiry: the ARCH response

We previously reported that the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee had launched an investigation into the future of housing associations. We’ve submitted a response to the call for evidence by the Committee.

Reduction in housing rents: DCN survey

The District Council’s Network (DCN) have issued a survey to their members to assess the impact of the proposals to force councils to reduce rents. ARCH is supporting that survey and would encourage ARCH members to respond.

Proposals to streamline the resale of shared ownership properties

Providers of shared ownership housing with grant from the AHP are required to include clauses in the lease reserving the right to nominate a purchaser when the shared ownership householder wishes to sell. The Government is consulting on whether this provision is a barrier to onward sale of shared ownership leases and whether it should be retained or amended.