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Strategic Housing Month - from roadmap to reality

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 15 Apr 2021 10:30
  • End 08 Jun 2021 12:00


Strategic Housing Month - from roadmap to reality

Part of Strategic Housing Month

Virtual workshop

After a year like no other, how do local authorities with the help of their housing association partners get back on track with their plans for housing? HQN’s first Strategic Housing Month will aim to provide some answers.

Essential for local authorities, registered providers and ALMOs.

The drive to build high quality council housing, the fight to prevent homelessness, the push for zero carbon homes and the pressures created by our ageing population have not gone away.

But the Covid crisis has forced us to think about our priorities while putting further strain on money and resources.

Rishi Sunak has once again used the Budget to provide a temporary fix for the UK economy and housing market but there is no guaranteed long-term support for renters and low-income households.

For our first Strategic Housing Month, HQN is taking a different approach to reflect the numerous issues facing local authority housing departments and the wider housing sector.

Broken into bite-size workshops over a two-week period, our 2021 virtual conference series will cover a range of hot topics while giving delegates the opportunity to share ideas and solutions.

With the emphasis on innovation and collaboration, we’ll be bringing together a range of speakers to discuss the big policy developments, showcase outstanding housing initiatives and map out the future for strategic housing teams.

Key themes:

  • The state of the nation – prospects for housing, local authorities and the outlook for the wider UK economy
  • The latest on the Social Housing and Planning White Papers
  • Strategic partnerships with housing associations or developers
  • Strategies for PRS housing
  • Plans for managing homelessness
  • Climate change and the challenges posed by our housing stock
  • Improving the relationship between health and housing
  • The mayoral elections and future of city/sub-regions
  • Preparing for the Domestic Abuse Act.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Joel Abbey and Paul Langston, CACI
  • Ross Allan, Head of Property Data Solutions, Hometrack
  • Molly Bishop, Strategic Lead for Homelessness, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Tim Brown, Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government in the Department of Politics and Public Policy and HQN associate
  • James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director, Lancaster West, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Beverley Faulkner, Head of Housing Needs, Homes for Haringey
  • Denise Gandy, Executive Director of Housing Demand, Homes for Haringey
  • Roger Jarman, HQN associate and former Head of Housing at the Audit Commission
  • Emma Lindley, Housing Strategy Lead Officer, Ashfield District Council and HQN associate
  • Alistair McIntosh, CEO, HQN
  • Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elly Shepherd, Strategic Lead, Housing and Planning, London Councils
  • Hannah Smith, Sustainability Manager, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Paul Smith, CEO, Elim Housing Association and former cabinet member for housing, Bristol City Council
  • John Stewart, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, NRLA
  • Rob Whiteman, CEO, CIPFA
  • Steve Bell, Birketts
  • Jonathan Hulley, Birketts
  • Alastair Pollock, Strategy Co-ordinator, Essex Developers Group and South Essex Housing Group
  • Jason Lowe, Head of Independent & Supported Living, Beyond Housing
  • Mike Shepherd, Director of New Business and Development, VIVID
  • Emer Sheehy, Senior Policy Researcher, Citizens Advice.

Sessions for the Strategic workshops will include:

Thursday 15 April 10.30am–13.00pm – The state of the nation – prospects for housing, local authorities and the outlook for the wider UK economy

Monday 19 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Delivering more homes through partnership working

Tuesday 20 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Strategies for PRS housing

Wednesday 21 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Strategic thinking in turbulent times

Wednesday 21 April 1.30pm–3pm – Planning White Paper update

Thursday 22 April 10.30am–12pm – Improving the relationship between health and housing

Friday 23 April 10.00am12pm  Moving away from choice-based lettings and improving the customer experience

Friday 23 April 1.30pm–3.30pm – New approaches to tackling homelessness

Tuesday 27 April 10.30am–12pm – The journey to zero carbon

Friday 30 April 10.30am–12pm – The Strategic Housing Unconference

Tuesday 8 June 10.30am–12pm – Mayoral elections and future of city/sub-regions

To book an individual session follow the above links and complete the booking form. To book the full series of sessions, please complete the booking form below.

Please note that if you're booking the full series of sessions, the places can be shared with other colleagues and don't all have to be attended by the same individual. If different people will be attending different sessions, please put 'share' in the delegate name below.

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Full price: £550*
Members of any HQN network: £350*

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Full price: £100*
Members of any HQN network: £80*

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