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Case for investment in council housing 01/09/2016

John Bibby, ARCH Chief Executive, attended a meeting with Gavin Smart, Deputy Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), representatives from Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) in August to discuss how to take forward the recommendations in the recent CIH/CIPFA Report "Investing in council housing".


The report examines the 2012 "self-financing settlement" that put in place a robust long-term plan for council house building and argues that successive policy changes have cut rental income so that today, just 45,000 new homes are expected, no more than were planned before the settlement was made.

 

The report also recommended that councils (through the Local Government Association (LGA), ARCH and the NFA) should examine what commitments could be made to the government to improve housing supply in return for commitments that would provide more stable HRA Business Plans.

 

New Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has indicated a need for the government to "reset" economic policy in the light of Britain's plans for exiting the EU. ARCH will be working with CIH, CIPFA, the NFA and LGA over the coming months to put together the case for investment in council housing in advance of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

 

The ARCH Executive Board is due to consider the CIH/CIPFA report at its meeting on Monday 12 September. If you have any views or comments about the "ask" we should make of the Chancellor in advance of the Autumn Statement we would be interested to hear your views.

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