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).
They are a fantastic charity, passionate about what they do and thoroughly dedicated to improving the lives of their residents. Throughout the year our trainees have organised various fundraising activities to raise as much money as possible, and we are delighted to have raised over £3,250 to be put towards organising social events and days out for the residents to help them on their road to recovery.
Fundraising activities amongst our staff have included:
- Holding a ‘Question of Sport’ style quiz
- Various samosa sales throughout the year
- Organising an ACS Sports Day for colleagues to compete against each other
- Organising our own Christmas Market with a photo booth and festive challenges
- Printing Christmas cards for The Bridge, using a design created by one of their residents
- Holding a ‘Christmas Gift’ tombola
- Taking part in an Ackers Activity Day with residents from The Bridge
- Victoria Fullilove, Richard Brooks, Damian Ward, Kiri Whitehouse, Eve Downer, Dominic Curran, Ann Houghton, Matthew Wort and Vicky Sewley ran the Birmingham Half Marathon.
After a year of fundraising we were also invited to attend The Bridge’s ‘Supporters Lunch’ where a number of our trainees got to hear about some of the fantastic work that the charity has done throughout the year and listened to a stories from residents on how the charity had helped to transform their lives. Finally, we organised our own ‘End of Year’ lunch for staff and residents of The Bridge, as an opportunity for our trainees to meet more of the residents and to announce how much money we had managed to raise for them and how we had done it.
For more information
If you would like any further information about the work that The Bridge does, please visit their website.
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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