Homes England

Homes England is the non-departmental public body that funds new affordable housing in England. It was founded on 1 January 2018 to replace the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Public body that funds new affordable housing in England

This article needs to be updated. (July 2018)
Homes England
Non-departmental public body overview
Formed January 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction England
Headquarters Birchwood, Warrington, England, United Kingdom (registered office)[1]

53.415581439010936°N 2.535223960876465°W / 53.415581439010936; -2.535223960876465

Non-departmental public body executives
  • Peter Freeman, Chairman
  • Peter Denton, Chief Executive Officer
Parent department Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Website Homes England – GOV.UK

HCA in turn was established by the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 as one of the successor bodies to the Housing Corporation, and became operational on 1 December 2008.[2]

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On 17 January 2007, Ruth Kelly announced proposals to bring together the investment functions of the Housing Corporation, English Partnerships and parts of the Department for Communities and Local Government to form a new unified housing and regeneration agency. It would also incorporate the functions of the Academy for Sustainable Communities and the government’s advisory team for large applications.

In the following months, Martin Cave, Director of the Centre for Management under Regulation at University of Warwick, led the most comprehensive review of English housing regulation for 30 years. Reporting in June, the Cave Review recommended that a new regulator be set up, separating the regulation and investment responsibilities of the Housing Corporation.[3]

On 15 October 2007, Yvette Cooper announced that the Government accepted the recommendation of the Cave Review to transfer the Corporation’s regulatory powers to an independent body, subsequently named as the Tenant Services Authority (TSA).[4] The new investment body was initially announced as “Communities England”, and later renamed as the Homes and Communities Agency.

The Chief Executive for the body was announced as Bob Kerslake in December 2007. Kerslake had led the regeneration of Sheffield as chief executive of the City Council since 1997.[5]

On 17 October 2008 the Housing Minister Iain Wright announced the Board members of the HCA including Robert Napier (chair), Kate Barker, Candy Atherton, and Shaukat Moledina (previously Vice-Chair of the Housing Corporation).[6]

Kerslake was appointed as a Permanent Secretary at the agency’s parent Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2010. The HCA announced that it would appoint an interim Chief Executive from existing staff.[7]

Housing minister Grant Shapps announced early on that the TSA would be abolished as part of the cull of quangos by the coalition government after the 2010 general election. In June 2010, he said that the HCA would be retained but become “smaller, more strategic – with the HCA’s functions being delivered under local leadership.”[8]

In September 2010, the HCA was also included on a list of organisations being considered for closure.[9] However, Shapps announced in October that the TSA would be merged into the HCA.[10] In November, he confirmed that the HCA would be retained, but reformed to cut running costs.[11]

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