Our Health and Social Care team has been representing Care England to date in its application and will be preparing the case for the next month’s hearing on 20-21 March.
The briefing paper (Introducing a voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants in England) sets out the story so far, summarises the findings of the first VRTB Pilot research (see our briefing here) and confirms the latest position.
Extended VRTB Pilot
The Government announced in the November 2016 Autumn Statement that there would be a “large-scale regional pilot of the Right to Buy for housing association tenants”. This extended pilot is expected to assist over 3,000 tenants into home ownership.
The second pilot will test one-for-one replacement and portability: two features of the VRTB agreement that the first Pilot didn’t test.
On 8 March 2017, the then Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, confirmed that he was working with the National Housing Federation (NHF) to “identify the most effective location or locations for the regional pilots” and that he hoped to announce a decision “shortly”.
We await further announcements to confirm when and where the second pilot will take place.
And what about the main scheme?
There is still no announcement from the Government on the roll out of the main VRTB scheme. Inside Housing previously reported that the Government had not requested any high-value asset payments from local authorities, suggesting that the VRTB will not be rolled out until at least April 2018.
Keep watching this space.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has updated the National Community Land Trust (“NCLTN”) Model Rules.
Currently, the law doesn’t allow a single parent with a child born via surrogacy to obtain a parental order, leaving their family legally vulnerable.
The national study, Why Asthma still kills, involved a detailed examination of the circumstances surrounding 195 deaths from asthma in the UK in 2012.
Our Housing team are delighted following a formal tender procurement process to have been appointed to three lots under the new multi-million-pound legal services framework for The Riverside Group.
Necrotising Fasciitis, more commonly known as the ‘flesh-eating disease’, is a significant medical condition that requires urgent treatment.
Many of us who have been following the unfolding Inquest, are not surprised that the Coroner found gross and significant failures on the part of those caring for him.
Transferring out of SHPS will not be suitable for every housing association. So what should housing associations do?
In all the action to remove defective cladding, leaseholders have been the elephant in the room. Whilst social landlords might have adopted a wait and see approach private landlords do not have that luxury.
We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.
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