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

 

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Season’s Greetings 21/12/2016

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 surprises.

 

"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."

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