Building For A Better Social Housing Future 2021
Building for a Better Social Housing Future 2021
April 21, 2021
In correlation to the rest of the UK economy, social housing providers are facing large-scale challenges due to the impact of coronavirus. The direct impact of lockdown, the short-term closure of the housing market, and increasing economic uncertainty represent an uncertain climate with multi-faceted tests for the sector.
In September 2020, the Government announced a new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme to be delivered over five years from 2021 to 2026, providing up to 180,000 new homes across the country. The programme will release a further £38 billion in public and private investment in affordable housing. Furthermore, the Government is to make £50 million available for social housing through a demonstrator project for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). A new Social Housing White Paper is due this year.
The Regulator of Social Housing has recently emphasised the importance of social housing providers being clear on legal and regulatory requirements, having robust governance arrangements, and having good quality data and effective systems.
Furthermore, the UK Housing Review’s Autumn Briefing Paper (October 2020) has highlighted the wider impact of coronavirus on the social housing market outlining the need to confront issues with housing finance and investment, rough sleeping, and welfare benefits.
Agenda Content and Learning Outcomes*
- Analyse the scale and shape of social housing need in England today
- Explore modes of meeting the need to expand supply and support home ownership through partnership working with local authorities, housing associations and agencies
- Learn how to meet the funding and investment challenges with existing homes, as well as the ongoing demand for building new homes
- Hear of best practice in making sure social housing is safe, environmentally friendly and decent for families and residents
- Understand the importance of understanding the regulatory and legal requirements for registered providers and local authorities
- Discover plans for success in digital transformation through carefully deciding priorities on connectivity, data, customer need and infrastructure
- Examine the use of IT-based data modelling in providing an accurate and cost-effective way to recognise the needs of tenants and inform future business planning
- Understand the need to make homelessness prevention a priority for agencies, councils and the wider community
This event brings together Government and the wider public sector, academia and senior leaders from across the housing sector to hear the latest policy updates across the industry and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.
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*Agenda subject to change.