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).
Local Government: Mark Cook navigates the tough decisions for local authorities as they contemplate greater devolution, business rate independence, asset sale freedom and austerity all at the same time.
Health and Social Care: Matthew Wort asks whether the Chancellor has done enough to help meet the critical social care needs of our ageing population and how providers should engage with commissioners who will have much greater freedoms.
Social Business: David Alcock reviews the multiple proposals that will affect co-ops, charities and social businesses including the apprenticeship levy, and the risk business rate freedoms could have on those with current exemptions.
Education: Chris Whittington welcomes the review of the National Funding Formula and shows how the next round of academy conversions should drive through MATs as the chosen mode of operation for the schools sector and will be the tipping point for education support services.
Housing: Jonathan Cox examines how housing associations are being further exposed to market drivers and what it will take to deliver the Government’s shared ownership ambitions in a competitive environment.
If we didn’t need reminding, we ignore the “P” in our PESTLE analyses at our peril.
Senior Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors
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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