ARCH chief executive, John Bibby, reflects on a year of
surprises and looks forward to 2017.
"Brexit, the demise of the Cameron/Osborne Government, a new
government under Theresa May and a new cohort of Ministers at DCLG
and Treasury - not to mention Trump! 2016 has been a year full of
"This time last year the stock retained sector was facing great
uncertainty as Part 4 of the Housing and Planning Bill made its way
through Parliament - we were facing the introduction of mandatory
pay to stay, the sale of high-value voids, the high value asset
levy and introduction of fixed-term tenancies from April 2017.
Although the Bill passed into law it has so far failed in its
implementation as the new government subsequently announced the
decision not to proceed with pay to stay and to delay
implementation of the levy and sale of higher value voids until at
least April 2018.
"I want to say a huge thanks to ARCH members, elected members,
tenants and officers for your support during the year. Without it,
we would not have been half as influential as we have been in
making the case for council housing in our various meetings with
Government Ministers and officials.
"As we look forward to 2017, ARCH will continue to press the
case for council housing in the hope and expectation that the
reality of the housing crisis in this country and its impact on
those households who are "just about managing", let alone those
that are "not even managing", will force the government to
recognise that the country desperately needs to invest heavily in
good quality affordable social housing.
"I look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming
year. In the meantime on behalf of everyone at ARCH may I extend
Seasons Greetings and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy
and Peaceful New Year."