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

 

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Update on Bespoke Housing Deals 21/06/2017

ARCH will be resuming discussions later this month with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on the government's proposals for Bespoke Housing Deals and what they mean for councils.

 

Following a meeting with former Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, in November last year and preliminary discussions with DCLG officials prior to the calling of the General Election, we will be meeting DCLG officials again on 30 June to pick up on discussions about how councils can be supported to build new affordable homes and contribute the new housing supply.

 

The Conservative Party Manifesto recognised the argument that ARCH has been putting forward for some time:"We will never achieve the number of new houses we require without the active participation of social and municipal housing providers"and reinforced the message in the Housing White Paper that a Conservative Government would"enter into new Council Housing Deals with ambitious, pro-development local authorities to help them build more social housing". Hopefully we will begin to get some clarification of what this might mean in practical terms when we meet DCLG officials later this month.

 

We also hope to be able to get further clarification on the Conservative Party Manifesto pledge to"work with [councils] to improve their capability and capacity to develop more good homes, as well as providing them with significant low-cost capital funding"and details of the proposal to"build new fixed-term social houses, which will be sold privately after ten to fifteen years with an automatic Right to Buy for tenants, the proceeds of which will be recycled into further homes"  

 

 We will keep members advised as these discussions progress.

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