The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Prior to the summer of 2016, we have been involved in a number of inspections where HMRC had concluded that it was only the time spent awake and working during a sleep-in shift that would count for National Minimum Wage (NMW) purposes. In two recent matters they have taken the view that every hour of the sleep-in counts where: (i) there was a requirement for the workers to be present during the night, and (ii) those workers were not allowed to leave the service during the hours they are required to sleep-in.
As a result, on 15 November 2016 we made a Freedom of Information Act request, asking various questions to understand more about HMRC’s change of approach and their current approach to alternative pay arrangements for sleep-ins, such as top-up payments and the use of daily average agreements. We will provide a further update once we have the outcome of our request.
Many providers have already been reviewing their strategy for NMW compliance in recent months, and these developments further highlight the need to review how you manage your risks relating to NMW compliance.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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