Elected members, tenants and officers from 15 member
councils attended the first of the ARCH events in Birmingham
earlier this week.
The programme included presentations from ARCH Policy Adviser,
Matthew Warburton, on the latest developments in the government's
plans for sale of high value council housing and one percent rent
reductions and John Bibby, ARCH Chief Executive, outlined the
potential impacts of the proposals to introduce a mandatory 'pay to
stay' scheme and introduction of flexible (fixed term) tenancies
heralded by the announcement in the Summer Budget of a review of
lifetime tenancies in the social housing sector.
Andy Thompson, Head of Housing & Property Services, Warwick
District Council, gave an insight into the impact of these
proposals on one local authority's Housing Business Plan and for
those thinking of setting up a local housing company Andy Hood,
Development Manager Housing Regeneration, Birmingham City Council,
outlined Birmingham's experience in setting up the Birmingham
Municipal Housing Trust.
Copies of the presentations are available to all ARCH members in
the member's area.
The next ARCH event is being held in London on 26 November. If
you haven't already booked your place, book