Housing Services Conference 2017: Delivering excellent social housing
“The Government remains committed to delivering its objective of ensuring social housing is occupied by those who need it most.” - Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing and Planning
The number of homes available for social rent in the UK fell by 20,000 in the two years up to 2016. In order to address this growing shortage, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has urged Housing Associations to bid for a share of the Government’s £7 billion affordable homes programme. The minister called for social rent houses to be built “in places where they are most needed, particularly for families who are just about managing”. As well as investing in new homes, Theresa May’s Government has also reversed many of the social housing policies introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. While this move has been welcomed, the social rented sector still faces a number of challenges from the extension of right to buy, the benefit cap on families and a mandatory annual 1% reduction in rents until 2020.
Join us for the Housing Services Conference 2017 where leading experts will provide insights into the impact that policy and welfare changes will have on the social rented sector. Anticipate how the Government investment could boost social housing stock, discover how housing associations can play a key role in improving public health and understand what providers can do to stop the £850 million a year being lost to tenancy fraud.
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- Benefit from insights into the latest policy developments and how your organisation can make the most of new funding opportunities.
- Have your questions answered by leading experts in social housing.
- Learn from examples of best practice by leading housing associations who are pioneering new approaches and innovative building scheme.
- Connect with other delegates from across social housing organisations and learn how others are dealing with the challenges facing the sector.
- Plan ahead and anticipate how the changes set out in the 2017 white paper will impact on social housing
The Housing Services Conference 2017 boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from local Government and housing associations. Each one has been handpicked based on their experience and professional background to ensure that all delegates benefit from relevant, high-quality presentations. Expect speakers to cover a wide variety of topics including:
Existing Policy: The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced an income based “pay to stay” policy for social housing and extended right to buy to housing association properties. Together with the welfare cap for families, recent Government policy represents a major shakeup of the social housing sector. Theresa May’s Government has recently softened the impact of some of these measures and confirmed that “pay to stay” will not be a compulsory policy. On top of these challenges, social landlords must continue to implement a 1% rent reduction every year until 2020 and are being tasked with preventing the £850 million a year being lost to tenancy fraud. What are the current challenges facing social landlords and what impact have recent policy changes had?
“Fixing our broken housing market”: The Government’s housing white paper, published in February 2017, sets out a number of measures designed to reform the social housing sector. Among the proposals in the document are plans to allow housing associations to borrow against future income in order to invest in properties, re-classify associations as private sector bodies and put the Social Housing Regulator on an independent footing. The white paper adds that housing associations should “make every effort to improve their efficiency” by exploring partnerships or mergers with other organisations. What will the proposals set out in this latest policy document mean for social housing?
Building new homes: A core theme of the housing market white paper is the need to build more affordable homes for struggling families. Housing associations already build a third of all new homes in the UK every year and are responsible for the majority of affordable homes. Recognising this, the Government is putting measures in place to help social landlords to build more properties. The white paper states “we expect all associations to make use of whatever development capacity they have to meet local housing need”. How can the housing sector address the shortage of affordable housing and what role can social landlords play in building new properties?
Healthy homes: New building projects present social landlords with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to public health. NHS England’s “healthy new towns” programme has introduced ten test sites to trail innovative new approaches to planning and lay out. Chief executive Simon Stevens said: “As these new neighbourhoods and towns are built, we’ll kick ourselves if in ten years time we look back having missed the opportunity to ‘design out’ the obesogenic environment, and ‘design in’ health and wellbeing.” What role can housing associations and social landlords play in building health homes and improving the general health of the population?
Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Mark Wilding, Lecturer in Social Policy, Salford University
‘Change and challenges – current issues for social housing providers
Mike Brown, Chief Executive, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust
Repairs and maintenance is a key housing association service
Ian Gregg, Director of Asset Management, Riverside
Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking
Kristian James. Commercial Director, David Phillips Furniture
Developing tenant engagement
Pat Turnbull, Chair, London’s Tenants Federation
A) The Wienerberger e4 House
Paul Surin, Wienerberger Ltd
B) 'Banish Damp and Mould'
Ian Napier, Commercial Director, Switchee
Peter Rickaby, Director, Rickaby Thompson Associates
Simon Jones, Commercial Director, Aereco
* Peabody case study: tackling mould in Thamesmead
* Better mould and energy efficiency outcomes for lower cost
* Combing demand controlled ventilation with IoT enabled smart thermostats
Lunch and Networking
Tenant Engagement – why?
Lee Sugden, Chief Executive, Salix Homes (Invited)
Asbestos Surveys in Domestic Properties: Doing What You Can And Using What You’ve Learned
Paul King, Technical Manager, SGS MIS Environmental
C) Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regs: A lesson in consumer centric compliance.
Heat networks operators can become overwhelmed complying with the metering and billing regulations. Compliance doesn’t need to be complex or costly. Find out why with Sycous.
Matthew Hall , Sycous
D) Digital Channel Shift - Revolutionising the housing sector and delivering savings
Ideas, risks and benefits of channel shift / tenant self-service including insights into what our customers have achieved and the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.
Stephen Hall, Director, Active Housing
¿ How to convince tenants to interact with you online
¿ Which services to move online
¿ Online repairs reporting benefits and risks
Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking
The importance of Inclusive Leadership in rising to the challenges we currently face
Sallie Bridgen, Joint Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network
How Housing can end Homelessness
Chris Hancock, Head of Housing, Crisis UK (Invited)
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dr Anya Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Salford (Invited)
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- Understand the implications of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and its impact on social landlords and tenants.
- Understand and anticipate changes in housing policy as set out in the white paper “Fixing our broken housing market”.
- How housing associations and councils can take advantage of the Government’s affordable homes scheme to meet local housing need.
- How social landlords can work more closely with the health and social care systems.
- How to ensure the best quality facilities for existing tenants while also investing in new housing stock.
Who should attend?
Chief executives, Deputy chief executives, Directors of housing policy, IT Directors, Chief Operating Officers, Housing Directors, Finance Directors, Sustainable Housing Advisors, Housing Experts, Housing Technology Advisors, Architects, Heads of Transformations, Customer Service Managers, Heads of Tenant Engagement, Heads of Tenant Services, Heads of Neighbourhood Services, Housing Managers, Regional Housing Managers, Human Relations Heads, Project Managers, Community Relations Workers, Chairs of Local Authorities, Caseworkers, Community Relations Workers, Housing Charity Workers, Social Workers. These are drawn mainly from housing associations but also from central government and local Government.