The Autumn edition of the Charity & Social Enterprise Update looks at the work of YMCA London South West. Neil Lambert, BWB's housing specialist, describes what the changes to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 have meant for YMCA London South West.
The Charity Commission (“CC”) has released its guidance relating to the change in regulation of social housing.
From 6 April 2017 the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which regulates the provision of social housing in England, will move away from its current consents regime to a new ‘notification and registration’ regime. This follows changes brought in by the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
BWB's Neil Lambert has written for Charity Finance on the government's voluntary right to buy proposals.
Following a review into the structure and effectiveness of the Homes and Communities Agency (“HCA”), the government has backed plans to remove regulatory functions from the HCA and establish a standalone regulator for social housing.
While investor interest in social housing remained after the Brexit vote, the impact of downgrades on housing association credit ratings has yet to play out. Neil Lambert takes a look at the impact of the Brexit vote and recent deals in the sector.
In March of this year, the government undertook a review of the Homes and Communities Agency (“the HCA”). Following this review, the government has recommended that the social housing regulation function of the HCA should be taken on by a separate regulatory body.
The Government has announced a delay to the introduction of Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB). It was initially planned to commence by the end of 2016 but resistance from Councils to selling their properties has meant that the funding is not available.
The Court of Appeal recently considered, in two different cases, whether occupiers of housing association properties should be subject to an immediate order for possession or a suspended order for possession (SPO), when in both instances the police had found that the properties were used to cultivate a number of cannabis plants.