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Tenant articles

Universal Credit and 53 week rent year: update

We reported previously on the matter of the financial year 2019/20 being a “53 week” year and the impact on Universal Credit entitlement for tenants and rent reductions required under the Welfare Reform & Work Act.

Good practice in tenant engagement

The Local Government Association (LGA) has commissioned the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) to investigate, capture and report on good practice in tenant engagement delivered by councils across the country.

Lower proportion of non-decent homes in the social rented sector

The English Housing Survey has published a Headline Report on the findings from its 2017-18 survey. This is the first release of data from the 2017-18 survey which will be followed up with a series of more detailed topic reports in July.

Housing Association fined £1m for lift death

A Dorset based housing association has been fined £1m for breaches of health and safety legislation leading to the death of a five-year-old girl.

Local authority stock down to less than 1.6 million

Latest statistics published by MHCLG for the year ending March 2018 show that local authorities owned 1.59million homes on 1 April 2018 – a decrease of 0.6% on the previous year.

Government announces a new housing complaints service

On 24 January Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced plans for a new housing complaints service for the housing market which the government claims will ensure both homeowners and tenants know where to go when things go wrong.

Shelter Housing Commission calls for 3.1 million more social homes

A new report produced by an independent cross-party commission calls on the government to deliver enough social homes over the next 20 years for the 3.1 million households who will be failed by the housing market.

53-week rent year and Universal Credit

A number of ARCH member councils have raised the issue of the 53-week year and the impact on Universal Credit entitlement for tenants and rent reductions required under the Welfare Reform & Work Act.

Amber Rudd announces further concessions on Universal Credit

In her first major speech, new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Amber Rudd has announced that the government will not extend the two-child limit on Universal Credit for children born before April 2017, when the policy came into effect, benefitting around 15,000 families.

100 years of council housing – a time for celebration

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1919 ‘Addison Act’, which paved the way for large-scale council housing. The 1919 Housing & Town Planning Act for the first time made housing a national responsibility and gave councils the task of developing new housing for working people.

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.

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