ARCH and NFA officials have met to discuss how to influence the
new Government on behalf of councils with housing. Our
joint manifesto was an important first step, but it is,
deliberately, brief and general, aiming to make our shared
objectives clear and understandable. We are now planning a
submission to incoming Ministers, and also to other relevant senior
Parliamentarians if, as the polls suggest, the election fails to
deliver a majority for any one party. This submission will spell
out our demands in more detail and illustrate their importance
using case study material drawn from ARCH and NFA members.
We are particularly keen to find examples illustrating
- Borrowing caps are holding back development of new homes for
which there is a clear and urgent need
- Rules on use of RTB receipts are preventing one-for-one
replacement of sold homes
- Current planning legislation is working against council
policies and ambitions for local housing development.
ARCH members are requested to send any relevant material to
Matthew Warburton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would also welcome views on the reforms proposed in our
manifesto - are they the ones that are most needed, and are there
other demands ARCH should be making of the new