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).
We apologise for talking about Christmas when your tans have not yet faded, and the children are only just returning to school, but we wanted to highlight to you The Times’ Christmas Appeal for 2019.
The Times is looking for three or four charities to feature in their editions running in December 2019 and early January 2020. Successful charities would benefit from the publicity of being featured in a national publication as well as donations from readers of The Times.
If you wish to apply on behalf of your charity, you will need to provide a short summary of the work the charity does and provide ideas or suggestions for around eight to ten stories which highlight the work of the charity as well as brief ideas of how the charity can work with the Times’ multimedia team to create a short video about the charity’s work. The video would be shared by The Times in its digital editions during the Christmas period.
Charities wishing to apply will need to provide their entries by Monday 16 September. The Times will notify successful entrants in mid-October.
Further details of the appeal and how to apply can be found on The Times website.
You can read our latest briefing, traversing the fundraising landscape, here.
We are hosting a charity fundraising seminar, further information can be found here.
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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