Policy Briefings

Local Elections 2009 - 08/05/2009

Voters across the UK will go to the polls on 4 June to elect Members of the European Parliament. However, in many areas of the UK, there are also important local elections taking place. This briefing provides National Housing Federation members with details of the elections taking place and why they matter.

Budget 2009 - 24/04/2009

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling presented his 2009 Budget on the 22 April. The Federation's member briefing provides details of the Government's extra investment in the housing sector, and gives a overview of how the new proposals announced in the Chancellor's speech and the accompanying Budget Report affect housing associations.

Guidance on the use of Family Intervention Tenancies - 08/04/2009

Communities and Local Government has recently issued guidance on the use of Family Intervention Tenancies, a new type of tenancy introduced in the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008. This briefing outlines the main issues affecting housing associations.

SORP Working Party Membership, Terms of Reference and Workplan for SORP 2010 - 06/04/2009

The RSL SORP Working Party, which overseas the development of the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) of Accounting for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), has decided to make public the SORP Working Party Membership list, Terms of Reference and Workplan for the 2010 SORP.

VAT Partial Exemption Framework Group - 06/04/2009

At the end of March 2009, the English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh Federations, together with their VAT advisors met with HMRC regarding establishing a VAT Partial Exemption (PE) Framework for housing associations.

Regulatory Review - 13/03/2009

The Federation has produced a member briefing outlining the Tenant Services Authority 's regulatory review process.

Energy Efficiency Strategies consultations - 10/03/2009

The government launched three consultations in February. These follow on from the Prime Minister's Home Energy Saving Programme announcement in September 2008. Read our member briefing on these consultations.

Comprehensive Area Assessment framework - 12/02/2009

The Audit Commission and partner inspectorates have now published their final framework for Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).

This briefing for National Housing Federation members explains the background to CAA, explains how it may affect Federation members and suggests some further sources of advice and guidance.