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ARCH annual report


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


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The Housing and Planning Bill update 04/02/2016

The Housing and Planning Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 26 January 2016.


Forty-eight peers spoke in a debate lasting over six hours, many expressing concern about the proposals in relation to council housing and the extension of the Right to Buy.


Several speakers complained that the impact of many parts of the Bill, including 'pay to stay' and the sale of high value vacant council homes, would depend on the detail of secondary legislation and called for drafts of associated regulations to be published before the Bill is considered in Committee. In response, the Minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford, said she would do her best to provide as much information as possible as the Bill progresses. 


ARCH, together with the NFA, has produced a briefing for Peers highlighting our concerns about the proposals for social housing set out in the Bill. ARCH Chair, Cllr Paul Ellis and ARCH CEO, John Bibby met Lord Best with NFA Managing Director Eamon McGoldrick in the House of Lords on 27 January to discuss our concerns. 


The Committee Stage for detailed line by line consideration of the Bill by the Lords is scheduled to begin on 9 February, with consideration of Part 4 of the Bill currently scheduled for debate on 3 March 2016.

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