Housing Services Conference: The future of social housing
“This government is committed to increasing housing supply and halting the decline in affordability.” – Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
The number of homes available for social rent in the UK fell by 20,000 in the two years up to 2016. The expansion of right-to-buy to include housing association properties, changes in local authority funding and a 1% annual rent reduction by 2020 looks set to further diminish the UK’s social housing stock. 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 2017 Conservative manifesto also includes a commitment to “enter into new Council Housing Deals with ambitious, pro-development, local authorities to help them build more social housing”. Meanwhile, the expansion of the private housing sector to meet the shortage of social housing presents a number of challenges and opportunities for the sector.
Join us for the Housing Services Conference where leading experts will explain the implications of the latest policy changes and discuss some of the biggest issues facing the social housing sector.
Please register interest below and we will keep you updated
Topics covered on the day will include:
- Why is the private rented sector playing an increased role in providing affordable housing and what are the implications of this for the social rented sector?
- How can private landlords work more closely with housing associations and local authorities?
- What impact will the expansion of right to buy and other policy changes have on the social rented sector?
- Could an increase in shared housing help tackle homelessness?
- How will welfare changes affect the sector and how can we mitigate against the negative impacts?
- How should landlords approach challenges such as asbestos and damp removal?
- How can landlords secure sustainable tenancies and cope with increased demand?
- How can landlords engage more with tenants?
- How will new technology change the way social housing will look in the future?
- How can we ensure diverse leadership and governance in the social housing sector?
- What is the state of social housing stock in our region and how does housing development tie in with the Northern Powerhouse agenda?
- Connect with other delegates from across social housing organisations and learn how others are dealing with the challenges facing the sector.
- Have your questions answered by leading experts in social housing.
- Benefit from insights into the latest policy developments and how your organisation can make the most of new funding opportunities.
- Learn from examples of best practice by leading housing associations who are pioneering new approaches to everything from damp prevention to inclusive governance.
- See the latest technology which is shaping the future of social housing stock and changing the way landlords engage with tenants.
Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Mark Wilding, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)
Sarah Rowe, Senior Policy Officer, Crisis UK (CONFIRMED)
How housing can end homelessness
Pat Turnbull, Chair, London’s Tenants Federation (CONFIRMED)
Developing tenant engagement
Session delivered by Eaton
Richard Molloy, Business Development Manager – Energy Storage, Eaton Electric Limited
Residential energy storage – A new hope?
Residential energy storage will become vital to our future. Learn how this technology can reduce bills, increase security of supply alongside contributing to grid stability and government sustainability targets.
Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking
Seminar stream 1
Seminar A – The Wienerberger e4 House
Paul Surin, Head of Built Environment, Wienerberger Ltd
Seminar B -
Ian Napier, Commercial Director, Switchee
Banish Damp and Mould
Seminar C - Sycous
Matthew Hall , Sycous
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.
Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regs: A lesson in consumer centric compliance
Seminar D - Hallnet
Stephen Hall, Director, Hallnet
Ideas, risks and benefits of channel shift / tenant self-service including insights into what our customers have achieved and the lessons we have learnt along the way.
Digital Channel Shift - Revolutionising the housing sector and delivering savings
Paul Beardmore, Head of Housing, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (CONFIRMED)
Addressing the recent changes in government policy
Lunch and Networking
Sallie Bridgen, Joint Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network (CONFIRMED)
The importance of inclusive leadership in rising to the challenges we currently face
Case study delivered by SGS MIS Environmental
Alasdair Nairn, UK Operations Manager, SGS MIS Environmental
Asbestos surveys in domestic properties: Doing what you can and using what you have learned
Case study delivered by David Philips Group
Kristian James, Commercial Director, David Phillips Group
David Phillips is the leading furnishing service provider to property investors and housing associations in the UK. David Phillips has 20 years’ experience in helping landlords to maximise tenancies and their returns.
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Ian Gregg, Director of Asset Management, Riverside (CONFIRMED)
Repairs and maintenance is a key housing association service
Closing Remarks from Chair
(Please note agenda is subject to change)
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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.