Following the Prime Minister’s announcement over the weekend about a new national lockdown, we are sharing our initial analysis of what this means for the sector, and our next steps to ensure housing associations are supported through this new phase.
We fully appreciate that this is a worrying time for residents, and housing association staff - we remain committed to doing everything we can to make sure our members are informed, connected and heard during this challenging time. If you have any immediate questions, please get in touch with us.
The government has published some initial guidance on the new lockdown, and we coordinated an urgent roundtable with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) this morning to discuss a number of points for our sector.
The Housing Minister, Chris Pincher, was keen to stress in the roundtable that the government recognises both the economic contribution of the housing association sector and our positive impact on public and social services.
We can now clarify that:
You can read more detail in this message to the housing industry.
Update: further information is now available in our summary of the new landlord tenant guidance, which includes further details on evictions.
The government has also extended the furlough scheme to March and increased self-employed support. Further information is available on the government's website.
In addition, the government has announced the Protect Programme – £15m of funding for rough sleeper accommodation available until March 2021. You can read our summary of the Protect Programme.
Following our initial roundtable with MHCLG today, we will continue meeting with government officials to discuss the national lockdown and its impact on our sector. We know that our members will have questions about what happens after the national lockdown comes to an end, and how the previous tier system may apply and what that means for staff and residents.
In the meantime, please get in touch with us with any questions, feedback or concerns. This will help us understand any immediate priorities, which can shape our upcoming conversations with officials and partners.