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).
To assist with practical partnerships a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) has been published “to support joint action on improving health through the home”. A copy of the MoU can be found here. The MoU has been signed by:
- NHS England;
- Public Health England;
- The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA);
- The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG);
- The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH); and
- The National Housing Federation (NHF)
A number of other professional bodies have signed up to the MoU and all those involved will be responsible for rolling out and participating in the “2014/15 Action Plan”. The Action Plan is set out in the Appendix to the MoU and includes the NHF producing, by February 2015, a guidance/advice note on how local systems can use NHS assets and lever in funding to best effect for housing related schemes.
In brief the MoU and the organisations which have signed it aim to:
- Establish and support national and local dialogue, information exchange and decision-making across government, health, social care and housing sectors;
- Co-ordinate health, social care, and housing policy;
- Enable improved collaboration and integration of healthcare and housing in the planning, commissioning and delivery of homes and services;
- Promote the housing sector contribution to: addressing the wider determinants of health; health equity; improvements to patient experience and outcomes’ ‘making every contact count’; and safeguarding; and
- Develop the workforce across sectors so that they are confident and skilled in understanding the relationship between where people live and their health and wellbeing and are able to identify suitable solutions to improve outcomes.
The partners to the MoU will nominate a senior representative to meet quarterly. This will be arranged through the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Housing Policy Network. The Network will review progress annually and agree if changes are required to the MoU or the accompanying action plan.
This MoU will hopefully be another tool that housing providers can (where they want to) increase their influence and impact in the health arena, something many organisations have been seeking to achieve for a number of years.
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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.
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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.
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