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ARCH works with JRF to address need for affordable & social rented homes 26/04/2018 Labelled as Legislation

The ARCH Executive Board have agreed to work with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to seek to ensure that the forthcoming Social Housing Green Paper addresses the need for more affordable and social rented housing.

 

The JRF were interested to read the ARCH policy paper "Social Housing we can all be proud of" and following discussion at the ARCH Executive Board, ARCH has agreed to a degree of coordination and mutually supportive activity with JRF ahead of the Social Housing Green Paper to

 

  • press the case for the Green Paper to examine seriously whether the delivery systems for affordable housing are still fit for purpose and

 

  • demand that the MHCLG consults with sector bodies fully ahead of its publication.

 

The combination of the Social Housing Green Paper; the Prime Minister and Chancellor signalling an albeit modest increase in spending on social rented housing in the Spending Review and the limited success of the Government's housing policies in unlocking the necessary levels of supply all imply that a space could be opening to reshape approaches to meeting housing building targets.

 

On Monday 12th March 2018 the Minister of State for Housing Dominic Raab, responding to a question from the select committee about whether the Social Housing Green Paper would look at increasing the numbers of low cost rented housing said: "I am certainly keen to look at supply-side issues and the vehicle for that in the round." He went on to explain that issues of supply had also been raised frequently during the tenant engagement events held across the country following the Grenfell fire.

 

However, there are countervailing forces. Major housebuilders are starting to warn of the consequences of a softening market and organisations which are committed to increasing the supply of low cost rented homes must seize every opportunity to urge ministers to stick to a tenure neutral approach, when the Government's natural political instincts will be to prop up the supply of homes intended for ownership.

 

To that end between now and the publication of the Housing Green Paper ARCH and the JRF have agreed to work together where appropriate to ensure that the forthcoming Social Housing Green Paper addresses the need for more affordable and social rented housing.

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