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ARCH annual report


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


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Tenant articles

Over 20,000 social homes sold last year

In 2017-18 there were 20,891 sales of social housing dwellings – 12,059 by local authorities and 8,832 by private registered providers.

Universal Credit: Information for landlords

ARCH is working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support the Department’s campaign to reach out to both social and private rental sector landlords to provide information about Universal Credit that will help them support their tenants.

Social housing lettings down again

Latest figures from the Department of Communities & Local Government show that social housing lettings by local authorities and housing associations decreased by 6% in 2017-18.

Over 220,000 net additional homes provided last year but less than 6,500 for social rent

Latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that over 222,000 net additional homes were delivered in 2017/18 including 195,290 new build homes.

Independent Affordable Housing Commission launched

An independent, free standing inquiry into affordable housing in England, chaired by Lord Best has been launched.

ARCH and the NFA meet DWP Minister

ARCH and the NFA met Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister with responsibility for housing at the Department for Work and Pensions to discuss the findings of our latest welfare reform survey.

Exciting line up for the 2018 Chief Officers’ Conference

We have an exciting line up of key speakers at this year’s Chief Officers’ Conference, including senior officials from the Ministry of Housing and the Housing Regulator.

Universal Credit – how landlords can contact a claimant’s Case Manager

ARCH has been asked to circulate information to our member councils on how landlords can contact the Universal Credit Case Manager if asked by the claimant to contact DWP on their behalf.

AV4T calls for landlords to facilitate tenant discussions on the Green Paper

ARCH is represented on the A Voice for Tenants Steering Group (AV4T) and the Group is calling for all social landlords to facilitate the necessary arrangements for their tenants to consider the Social Housing Green Paper.

Housing Green Paper briefing and initial reaction

First announced in September 2017 by former Secretary of State Sajid Javid and initially promised by the spring of 2018 and then before the Parliamentary Recess on 24 July, the long awaited Social Housing Green Paper was finally published on 14 August.

Supported housing funding to be retained in housing benefit

The Government announced on 9 August 2018 that housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, reversing previous proposals set out in a consultation paper last year.

Housing Association RTB pilot launched

The Government has launched the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy Pilot giving housing association tenants the opportunity to buy their home at a discount with the Government promising to reimburse housing associations for the discounts they give to tenants.

Housing Green Paper expected “shortly”

Following the government’s failure to publish the Housing Green Paper before the Parliamentary Recess MHCLG officials have informed ARCH that the Green Paper will be published “shortly”.

Good practice in tenant engagement – invitation to TPAS roundtable events

Tenants and officers from ARCH member councils are invited to take part in a series of roundtable events to discuss good practice in tenant engagement and/or to complete an online survey.

Latest ARCH/NFA report highlights burden of debt caused by Universal Credit roll-out

In the latest of a series of joint reports, ARCH and the National Federation of Almos (NFA) have highlighted the increasing burden of debt that Universal Credit (UC) is causing for tenants and landlords.

EHRC publish Inquiry Report into housing for disabled people

ARCH and a number of contributing ARCH member councils and their tenants have been thanked by the EHRC (Equalities & Human Rights Commission) for their input into an EHRC Inquiry Report entitled “Housing and disabled people, Britain’s hidden crisis”.

News from the ARCH Tenant Group

The ARCH Tenant Group have been busy making arrangements for this year’s ARCH Tenant Conference and are now seeking nominations for this year’s Community Champion Award.

New Secretary of State writes to Grenfell residents

Following the appointment of Sajid Javid as Home Secretary the new Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire, has written to Grenfell residents to reassure them of his support.

ARCH Tenant Group discuss Housing Green Paper

The ARCH Tenant Group met on 26 March and, as part of a busy agenda, the Group discussed what they would like to see in the forthcoming Housing Green Paper and their views on the Government’s proposals for strengthening consumer redress in housing.

Benefit to Society event

100 people attended the launch of ‘Benefit to Society’ at The House of Commons on 28 February. Tenants from across the country called on politicians to back the campaign and actively challenge negative stereotypes about social housing tenants.

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