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I am absolutely clear that a compassionate and fair welfare system should not just be about numbers; behind every statistic there is a human being, and perhaps sometimes in government we forget that. So I can also confirm that after discussing this over the weekend with my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, we have no further plans to make welfare savings beyond the very substantial savings legislated for by Parliament two weeks ago, which we will now focus on implementing.

Stephen Crabb, speaking in the House of Commons, 21st March 2016



"That there are risks for housing associations from Brexit seems inescapable. The big question of course is, will the risks materialise and if so, will they be outweighed by the benefits of a free (or at least freer) market?

Andrew Heywood Article in Social Housing magazine, 26th February 2016



"Government must make an explicit exemption for supported housing from the capping of housing benefit to Local Housing Allowance Rates. Anything short of this will put at risk hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, including individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism."

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, Time for change: the challenge ahead, 22nd February 2016

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Government suffers multiple defeats in the Lords


Starter Homes and Pay to Stay amended

Over recent weeks, the government has lost a number of votes in the House of Lords, resulting in a series of amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill. Repayment of a part of the Starter Home discount, on a sliding scale, will be required if the home is sold on within twenty years. As things stand, ;ocal authorities will be able to decide the proportion of Starter Homes in new developments. Pay to Stay will be optional for local authorities, with a higher threshold and shallower taper than put forward by the government. For more information, see the latest edition of the HRS Review.


2016 Members Conference

Our eleventh Members' Conference took place on 25th February at the Institute of Directors in London. Slides and summaries of the presentations from the Conference are available in the members' area.




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