Social Housing: Bringing about the Right Mix and Influencing Allocations and Rent Levels

Fri 9 December 2016

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin St London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 14 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 Cream-of-the-Crop Housing Experts

5hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chairman's Introduction

    Social housing: Bringing about the right mix and influencing allocations and rent levels

    Chaired by: Dr Mike Biles, immediate past Housing Ombudsman

    Mike was responsible for resolving disputes in rented housing, including lettings, allocations and the handling of applications.

  3. Nomination and allocation

    Is it realistic to hang on to traditional nomination and allocation policies?

    What can you replace them with?

    How can LAs and HAs establish new and more productive partnerships?

    Answered by: Andy Gale,independent housing consultant

    Andy is an authority on allocations and homelessness and a DCLG Specialist Adviser. He works with local authorities and registered providers.

  4. Setting rents

    How are you going to set rents in the future?

    What are the pros and cons of the methodologies out there - how fair, easy to understand and useable are they?

    Answered by: Phil Turner, Head of Housing Services at Hart District Council

    Phil is a DCLG Specialist Advisor and Hampshire's transformation lead for social inclusion in Adult Services.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Affordability

    What can you do with households that are being skipped because they can't afford Affordable Rents?

    How about those that can afford to pay now but may not be able to do so in future (under universal credit)?

    Answered by: Rob Gershon

    Rob is a Housing Blogger, SHOUT campaign member and Council House tenant. He blogs and tweets as @Simplicitly and his opinions feature in the national press and on TV.

  7. ​Support into work

    Using real life examples, what gives you the best outcome when supporting people into work and low income households into increased economic activity and prosperity?

    Answered by: Paul Diggory, Chair of CIH Cymru Board

    He served as CEO of North Wales Housing Association for 15 years and received an honour for his "Outstanding Contribution to Housing".

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. ​New tenures

    How do you free up the rented housing in your portfolio through new tenures and products and by better meeting needs and aspirations?

    What is achievable in terms of increased capacity and within what timeframe?

    Answered by: Martyn Kingsford OBE, Chairman of Hounslow Homes

    Martyn led the formation of Paragon Community Housing Group and was its first Chairman. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Housing by the Queen.

  11. ​Right to buy

    What is the impact of the right to buy extension?

    How do you generate a one for one replacement of stock?

    Is the guidance credible?

    Answered by: Colin Wiles, Founder of Wiles Consulting

    Colin is the 18th most influential person in UK housing (24 Housing Magazine). He writes for The Guardian and is a former CIH regional Chair.

  12. ​Allocation policies

    What are the 7 things do you need to do quickly ensure your allocation policy complies with the important court judgements of the last 12 months?

    Answered by: Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers

    Dean is a recognised expert in housing law. He is Chair of the Social Housing Law Association and author of 27 articles for housing publications.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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