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).
Faced with growing demand for their services whilst funding is under pressure, charities must make difficult choices about what they can deliver and how they do so. The event provided charity trustees and senior staff with the legal tools needed to face the resulting challenges, including managing staff in a downturn, the implications of the changing regulatory environment and the opportunities presented by the long-awaited legal structure, the Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Senior associates at Anthony Collins Solicitors, Shivaji Shiva and Matthew Wort, led on topical updates, with opportunities for questions and discussions around the subjects.
Brewin Dolphin’s charity team discussed financial and investment issues, providing an overview of the current investment rules, policy requirements and markets.
Mr Shiva of Anthony Collins Solicitors said: “In a tough financial environment, it is understandable that many commentators highlight the daunting challenges faced by charities. Nevertheless, our experience is that the charities we work with are confident in their ability to produce results - they know and understand the needs of those they work with and work hard to find ways to maintain the support they offer the most vulnerable in society. With the right legal know-how they can continue to do that work with confidence.”
Adam Wilkins at Brewin Dolphin, commented: “We have decades of experience in the not-for-profit sector so understand the challenges presented to charities with regard to investment. By partnering with Anthony Collins Solicitors we've encouraged some great discussions between the attendees, hopefully leaving people feeling enlightened and well-informed.”
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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.
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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