ARCH held its 2013 Annual General Meeting on 23 September.
The meeting approved the Annual Report and Accounts, which both
reported another successful year for ARCH, during which membership
has grown and our financial position continued to improve.
The meeting reappointed Councillor Paul Ellis, London Borough of
Wandsworth, to serve as Chair, John Bibby, City of Lincoln Council
was elected as Vice Chair and Paul Price from Tendring Districh
Council was elected as Treasurer.
The AGM was preceded by a very successful seminar which explored
how councils are taking forward the freedoms granted by
self-financing, and the risks to business plans posed by welfare
reform and changes in government rents policies.
In the first session, Innovation and Ambition, members
heard from two councils undertaking exciting new initiatives to
tackle housing needs in their areas.
Presentations from Barabara Brownlee, Director of Housing at
Thurrock and Melbourne Barrett, Executive Director for Housing
& Regneration, Hammersmith & Fulham sparked off a lively
In the second session, on Rents and Risks, Simon Smith,
CIHConsult, explored the likely impact of the government's recent
amendments to future rents policy, and Councillor Ian Wingfield,
Deputy Leader of Southwark detailed what they are likely to mean
for his council's housing.
Matthew Warburton, ARCH Policy Adviser, presented initial results
from a survey of councils and ALMOs on the impact of the
underoccupation penalty on rent arrears and council policies and
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