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

 

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Draft response to consultation on Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16 Matthew Warburton - 20/12/2013

Sherry_pies_300The Government's consultation on Rents for Social Housing from 2015-16 closes at 11.45 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

 

No doubt this deadline was chosen so that CLG civil servants have plenty of reading to ensure they sleep soundly while Santa downs his sherry and mince pies and fills their stockings.

ARCH's draft contribution to CLG's bedtime reading is here. It contains no surprises for regular readers of this blog.

On behalf of member councils, I have objected strongly to the proposal to end rent convergence, pointing out that it reduces the amount available for investment in new and improved homes by more than £2 billion over the full business plan period.

I have also argued that councils should retain their legal discretion to depart from national rent policy where it makes local sense to do so, both in relation to the overall formula for rent-setting, and in relation to any arrangements for different treatment of high-income tenants.

It is still a draft: ARCH members still have the opportunity to suggest additions or amendments in the few days remaining. Let's make sure we give CLG the best Christmas present they deserve.

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