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ARCH annual report

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

 

Download it here.

Local Government Association: Survey of councils with a Housing Revenue Account 21/01/2016

ARCH members will be aware of the Government's proposals for social housing in the Housing and Planning Bill and Welfare Reform and Work Bill setting out a range of housing reforms, including:

 

  • proposals to force the sale of vacant high value properties
  • to require the reduction of social rents by 1% a year over four years
  • to require high income tenants to pay higher rents and
  • to introduce mandatory 2-5 year fixed term tenancies.

 

While the implementation detail for some of these reforms is still to be determined, it's clear they will impact local Housing Revenue Accounts and in turn the provision of housing for local communities.  

 

We've has been liaising with the LGA to co-ordinate our responses to the Government's legislative reforms as they affect stock retained councils. Tthe LGA has sent every stock holding council a survey that aims to capture the views of local authorities on the local impact of these policies to 2020, based on the current understanding of how these policies will be implemented.

 

The results will be used by the LGA and partners (including ARCH) in seeking to ensure that councils have the flexibilities and powers to adapt reforms so that they are best able to meet local housing need.

 

The survey closes on 28 January 2016 and ARCH is encouraging all its member councils to respond.

 

For further information or to request the survey, please contact felicity.meerloo@local.gov.uk.

 

ARCH will be meeting officers from the LGA and CWAG (Councils With ALMOs Group) on 9 February to discuss the sectors response to the Government's proposals as they're emerging.

 

View the latest LGA briefings on the Housing and Planning Bill.

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