special bulletin to ARCH members on 10 February we reported on
the publication of the government's Housing White Paper and their
promise of "Backing Local Authorities to Build".
Now that the dust is beginning to settle and the media frenzy
around the headlines in the White Paper has subsided, we can now
get down in earnest to examine what the White Paper will mean in
practice for council housing in this new age of 'Fixing our
broken housing market':
- What exactly do the government mean when they say they are
"backing local authorities to build"?
- What will rent policy look like post 2020?
- Is the government's encouragement of Local Housing Companies
undermined by their desire to see tenants of housing provided by
such companies given a right to buy?
- While the Paper recognises that council housebuilding continues
to provide a small but important and growing source of new, what do
the government really mean when they promise to "work with local
authorities to understand all the options for increasing the supply
of affordable housing"?
- The government say they "are interested in the scope for
bespoke deals with authorities in high demand areas which have
genuine ambition to build", however, what will this mean in
practice for those constrained by the HRA Debt Cap and he prospects
of the high value asset levy?
- How can local authorities influence the type and tenure of
housing provided by associations in their area?
In our first event of 2017, we'll be examining all these
questions and much more. Places are limited but ARCH members are
entitled to two free places on a first come, first served basis as
part of their membership.
The ARCH Executive Board and ARCH Tenant Group will be
considering a formal response to the White Paper and we look
forward to hearing first-hand what our members have to say about
the White Paper and what opportunities it presents for stock
In any event, ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby, would welcome
discussions with any ARCH member council with any further ideas or
initiatives that you think the wider sector could benefit from in
the light of this White Paper.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call him on 07511 820750.