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ARCH annual report


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


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2019 ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey

This year’s annual ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform survey is now out for completion.

Home Office 'Fire Kills' Campaign

The Home Office has launched a new 'Fire Kills' advertising campaign to raise awareness of everyday fire risks that are present in the home and encourage all householders in England to test their smoke alarms regularly.

Campaign to help local authority staff identify vulnerable tenants being exploited by 'County Line' gangs

To help safeguard vulnerable people, the Home Office and CrimeStoppers are working with ARCH and the Local Government Association (LGA) to increase awareness among local authority staff of the signs to spot if a tenant is a victim of criminal gangs.

Opportunity to join the ARCH Tenants' Group

Every two years each ARCH member has the opportunity to nominate their tenant representative to join the ARCH Tenants' Group.This is a great opportunity to work with ARCH at a national strategic level to influence policy and other issues important to the housing sector.

2019 ARCH Tenant Conference: save the date

The ARCH Tenant Group has agreed to hold this year’s Annual ARCH Tenant Conference in Bridlington on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Rights to social housing for EEA nationals in the event of a “No Deal Brexit”

Government has published advice and guidance on the rights of EU and EEA nationals to social housing in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit.

Tenant Survey: Impact of stigma attached to social housing

The Social Housing Green Paper acknowledged the need to tackle some of the unfair stigma attached to social housing and, through the 'See the Person' Campaign, the Ministry of Housing is asking for more information on the impact of stigma on tenants and residents of social housing.

£2.11 billion outstanding in Housing Benefit overpayments

Latest figures from the Department of Work & Pensions published on 6 March 2019 show that there were £2.11 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at July 2018 – this represents an increase of £87 million (4%) on the same point in the previous year.

Sheffield City Council on new Social Sector Engagement Best Practice Group

ARCH member, Sheffield City Council has been selected to participate in a new Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group, established by MHCLG to take forward the recommendations in the Hackitt Report and the Social Housing Green Paper.

'See the Person' Campaign – elections to Tenant Leadership Committee

Congratulations to ARCH Tenant Group members Martyn Lund and Yaw John Boeteng and to Ann Reekie tenant representative from ARCH member Hull City Council on being elected to the 'See the Person' Campaign Leadership Committee.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – Guidance

The government has issued guidance for tenants, landlords and local authorities on their rights and responsibilities under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2012 which received Royal Assent in December 2018 and comes into force on 20 March 2019.

DWP responds to 53 week rent year issue

At a recent meeting with DWP officials held to update and consult sector representatives regarding implementation of Universal Credit, the issue of the 53-week rent year was again discussed.

Universal Credit: Latest DWP update for landlords

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) has published the latest edition of their Universal Credit Landlord Newsletter.

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.

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