ARCH was established
nearly a decade ago to win a fairer deal for councils choosing to
retain housing. Since that
time we have helped achieve the move to
But times have moved on and councils with
housing face additional new challenges. That is why, as I reported in July, the
ARCH Executive decided to commission ARP Research to carry out a
comprehensive survey of members' views on what ARCH should now
stand for and what services it should provide, to help shape an
updated vision for the organization and a refreshed and improved
offer to member councils.
The ARCH Executive has now considered the
findings of the survey and agreed a response. Our Chair, Paul Ellis, has written to
chief housing officers and housing portfolio holders in all member
authorities to explain what we will do.
We are grateful to all those members who
took the trouble to complete the on-line survey or to be
interviewed by ARP. Their
responses have been tremendously helpful, both in clearly signaling
the need for ARCH to develop in line with changed times, and
indicating what changes are needed.
Executive decided on a series of immediate steps:
vision will form the basis of a refreshed member offer and business
plan to be approved by the ARCH Executive on 19 January and
circulated to all member authorities immediately
We welcome members' comments on ARCH's
future direction in response to this blog or at any time.
We want to make ARCH an
organization which all member councils find invaluable and of which
they are proud to be a member.
Matthew can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.