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ARCH annual report


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


Download it here.

Universal Credit: Social Landlords Support Pack now available 10/12/2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have published a Social Landlords Support Pack to help landlords plan for the introduction of Universal Credit.


In his Ministerial Foreword to the Universal Credit Landlords Support Pack published on 7 December 2015, Lord Freud acknowledges the important role social landlords have in getting tenants ready for the roll out of Universal Credit and supporting those tenants in receipt of Universal Credit.


ARCH and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) has sought to understand and assess the impact of the government's welfare reforms and has recently conducted a further survey of stock retained councils to assess the impact of welfare reforms on council landlords and their tenants. This builds on a similar earlier survey conducted among ARCH and NFA members


The ARCH/NFA survey was conducted during October and November 2015 and covered a number of topics including:


  • Impact on rent arrears
  • Impact of the spare room subsidy, (sometimes referred to as the 'bedroom tax')
  • preparations for, and initial experiences of, Universal Credit
  • the expected impact of forthcoming further welfare cuts - specifically the lower overall benefit cap and the removal of help with housing costs from many 18 - 21 year olds.


A total of 36 stock retained councils/ALMOs, responsible between them for managing a total of 386,000 homes, responded to the survey.


The survey results are expected to be available shortly and will be published on our website on Thursday 17 December 2015.

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