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Above and beyond – new approaches to allocations and lettings

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue Manchester
  • Start 30 Jan 2020 10:00
  • End 30 Jan 2020 16:00


Above and beyond

‘Who gets housed’, ‘how’ and ‘when, if at all’ are vital questions for councils, housing associations, third sector agencies and, most importantly, people who need a roof over the head. Come along to these events to get some answers.

Tackling the thorny issue of who has a right to affordable housing, this event will attempt to answer the fundamental question: how do we decide who lives in our homes?

The challenges facing the allocations system are immense. Nationally there are 1.1 million households on waiting lists. At the same time, there is a dwindling number of lettings – nearly 400,000 in 2013/14 compared to just over 310,000 in 2017/18.

Social housing providers are quick to recognise the problems – not enough affordable homes being built, the impact of the right to buy on existing stock – but are they willing to be part of the solution?

As housing associations exercise greater control over who they house, what does this mean for the future of choice-based letting schemes and where does it leave councils with a statutory duty to provide accommodation for the most vulnerable?

The role of allocations and lettings teams has arguably never been more important. Adopting an approach that is fair and equitable, makes the best use of existing stock and helps to meet local housing need in partnership with other organisations, is easier said than done.

But help is at hand. Fresh thinking is emerging that sets out to transform the way allocations and lettings schemes operate.

This one-day seminar will look at new approaches but also fresh challenges that lay ahead.

Key themes:

  • The emerging policy framework
  • Lessons from recent reviews of the allocations system
  • Reflections on the current challenges and opportunities
  • The future of choice-based lettings
  • Affordability checks
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act and the impact of Housing First on nominations
  • Fixed term tenancies
  • The role of the private rented sector
  • The digital agenda
  • Exploring new approaches and ideas.

Who should attend?

  • Directors of housing and neighbourhoods
  • Allocations and lettings teams
  • Strategy and policy teams
  • Board members
  • Local Authority strategic housing teams.

This event is also taking place in London.

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Delegate fees:
Full price: £299.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £219.00 *

Early bird non members only£269.00 *

Early bird pricing ends on 27 December 2019. 

*Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session and refreshments will be available.

Cancellations and substitutions:

A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.


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