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

 

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ARCH meets with LGA & CWAG 12/06/2015

ARCH CEO, John Bibby, met with officials at the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Council with ALMOs Group (CWAG) earlier this week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implications of the government's proposals for extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants and the compulsory sale of high value council housing.

 

The Government's detailed timetable for introduction of the new Housing Bill remains unclear but the Bill is expected to be published "in the Autumn" - however as we know this could cover any period between the beginning of September and end of December!

 

New Secretary of State Greg Clark has indicated that he wants his Department to have a collaborative dialogue with the sector on implementation of the new legislation but, as the extension of Right to Buy is a key plank of the Conservative Party's manifesto, the Government intend to press ahead with the extension of the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants.

 

ARCH has agreed to continue to liaise with the LGA as details of the Government's proposals emerge.   

 

CWAG have similar concerns to those expressed by ARCH regarding the implications of the proposal for compulsory sale of high value council housing and ARCH is co-ordinating a joint tri-partite meeting in July with CWAG and the National Federation of ALMOs to see if we can agree a joint strategy in response to proposals for compulsory sale of vacant council housing.

 

It is clear that there is little real understanding in Government of the extent or numbers of "high value" council properties that may become vacant each year in each region, how many homes would be sold or how much this would raise in capital receipts to fund discounts to housing association tenants and one for one replacement of social rented stock.

 

It is therefore vital that ARCH members complete the ARCH survey questionnaire to enable ARCH to draw up an appropriate, evidence based response to these proposals. ARCH authorities who have not yet responded to the ARCH Survey Questionnaire are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

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