ARCH has welcomed publication of the Government's national
foundations; a housing strategy for England, launched today by
Prime Minister, David Cameron, sets out the Government's plans on
key issues including house-building, social housing tenure and
right to buy.
Commenting on the document, ARCH's secretary, John Bibby, director
of housing and community services at Lincoln City Council,
'We are pleased the Government is recognising that the provision
of new housing can not only meet the demand for housing, but also
create and sustain jobs in the construction industry and stimulate
much-needed growth in the economy. We welcome the Government's
renewed focus on housing and will be looking carefully at the
Government's proposals as set out in the document in more detail in
the coming days.'
The launch of the strategy was accompanied by the draft subsidy
determination for local authorities in advance of the move to the
new selffinancing system, which comes into effect in April 2012. Mr
'ARCH hopes that measures contained in the new strategy for
housing alongside the reform of council housing finance will give
stock retaining councils more tools with which to address pressing
'The settlement figures in the draft subsidy determinations mean
that most local authorities will be taking on a higher level of
debt at the start of the new self-financing regime.
'We will be consulting our members as to the impact of both new
policy announcements and the draft subsidy determination for
communities across England that are facing both housing and
economic challenges and will be formulating a collective response
on behalf of councils whose tenants have chosen their local
authority as their landlord.'