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

 

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Message from the Chairman 19/03/2015

Paul EllisThe General Election is only a few weeks away and the media would have us believe the one thing on people's minds at the moment is whether or not there is going to be a Leaders' Debate. Having spent a fair amount of my spare time knocking on doors recently I can't say I've come across much - or to be honest any - evidence of this. But there is one thing people do talk about a lot, and that is housing.

 

For many, being able to afford to put a roof over their families' heads, or even find a home at all is a real worry. After years of regarding council housing with suspicion the two main parties have gradually come to the conclusion that Local Authorities have an important role to play in providing homes and, far from being the problem, are very much part of the solution.

 

ARCH was quick to react to this change and, throughout last year, we have held regular meetings with the National Federation of ALMOs to discuss ways the stock retained sector can work more closely together. This culminated in our joint Housing Manifesto which was launched at a successful House of Commons reception in February.

 

On a purely practical level many of our members are keen to start building but, not having done so for nearly thirty years, find they lack the expertise - so we ran a number of well attended seminars covering self-build and how to set up council owned housing companies. Sharing knowledge and best practice among members is a cornerstone of the ARCH philosophy and we will be running a regular series of topical seminars throughout the country over the coming months.

 

If there are any subjects you would like to learn more about, or are have expertise you are willing to share, do please get in touch.

 

Thank you for your continued membership of ARCH. This is very much your organisation and the Board are always keen to hear your views, and we look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

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