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ARCH annual report


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


Download it here.

We haven’t done this for 30 years Matthew Warburton - 21/09/2012

Joists 300This year ARCH decided to combine its AGM with a seminar on an issue most members are thinking about just now - restarting a council new build programme. For some it is the first time in 30 years they have considered building new council homes rather than relying on housing associations to provide new social housing in their areas.  But now the pendulum has swung; grant for housing association new development is in short supply, while self-financing gives councils new opportunities including the chance for many to build again.


Councils deciding to build again will need to rebuild the organisational capacity to oversee a newbuild programme.  There is no shortage of people with the skills that are needed - if only because cutbacks in housing association development activity and the depressed state of the construction industry generally leaves plenty of skilled professionals with time on their hands.  And a significant minority of councils have already dipped their toes in the newbuild water with assistance from the HCA. 


While each council faces particular issues and challenges and needs to evolve its own approach, there are plenty of common issues where it should maks sense for councils to work together or learn from each other. 


The ARCH seminar provided a first opportunity for councils to get together to share their thinking and participants said they found it valuable.  Now we are thinking about the next steps - what would be of most help to member councils grappling with this challenge. 


Your ideas would be very welcome.

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