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ARCH chair attends launch of Sheffield City Region Compact 01/12/2016

Councillor Paul Ellis, ARCH chair, and John Bibby, chief executive,  attended the launch of the Sheffield City Region "Housing Compact" on 5 December


The event heralded a landmark agreement between local authorities and housing providers in the Sheffield City Region which will drive the economy and help deliver much-needed affordable homes in the region.


The Sheffield City Region Housing Compact is a unique collaboration between housing associations, local authorities and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) operating in the Sheffield City Region, which between them own and manage over one fifth of all homes in the area.


The Compact demonstrates a joint commitment to meeting housing need and creating balanced and sustainable communities across the City Region.


The cost of the average Sheffield home is now over seven times the average local salary, putting homeownership out of reach for hundreds of thousands of people and the average buyer would need a 64% pay rise to afford a standard mortgage on an average local home.


The objectives of the Compact are to:


  • Expand the supply of new housing across all tenures and help the City Region meet its targets for housing growth
  • Create sustainable and thriving communities
  • Support and invest in existing stock
  • Understand the products and services needed to meet housing need
  • Ensure vulnerable people can continue to access good quality affordable housing
  • Enhance and increase opportunities for joint working and shared services across a range of delivery areas
  • Maximise opportunities provided by national policies and funding streams, and ensure they are coherent at a local level
  • Engage with the wider public sector reform agenda, including employment and skills, crime and policing, health and social care and poverty.


ARCH members Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Bolsover District Council were among the regions social and affordable housing providers consulted during the development of the Compact.


Key political and housing figures from across the city have now signed the 'Housing Compact', demonstrating their commitment to working together to solve the housing crisis and meet the needs of those living and working in the region. Speaking at its launch, senior leaders at the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority praised the deal for creating a crucial common purpose.

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