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The Strategic Housing Conference – creating a 'golden thread' for local authorities and their partners


The HQN local authority housing conference

This year's Strategic Network Annual Conference is a must for all housing professionals working in, or with, local authorities and ALMOs to deliver their strategies.

Councils have an increasingly influential role to play across all aspects of housing – from tackling rough sleeping and homelessness to planning and building new homes (and everything in between).

For the first time in a long time, local authorities have a genuine opportunity to have a positive impact on the housing crisis. But it is a complex and demanding challenge. With limited resources and lots of different things to juggle they just can’t do it alone.

How joined up are local authority housing services? How many can honestly say they have a strategic 'golden thread' tying them all together across all the various departments? 

With increased reliance on external partners – from other local authorities to housing associations and developers – who is taking responsibility for joining everything up and ensuring a fair and consistent approach runs through it all?

At this year's strategic housing conference, chaired by HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh, we will look at the changing face of the local authority housing landscape, the increasing importance of the strategic housing function and explore the different approaches councils are taking to join up their housing services. An essential event for local authorities and their partners.

Confirmed sessions and speakers:

How we bring our housing services together: Paul Smith, Cabinet Lead for Housing, Bristol City Council.

The future vision for housing in Essex and how the county works as a strategic authority with partners to seek to increase housing supply.

Likely to focus on the links between infrastructure departments and housing growth, and with social services, districts and providers around new build for older people, as examples of attempting to weave the golden thread through our work.

Joining up housing services across districts and county: Lee Heley, Head of Housing Growth, Essex County Council.

Luton's Housing Strategy for 2019 to 2022 – working with different departments, different housing associations and key stakeholders: Azma Ahmad-Pearce and Harvinder Parhar, Housing Strategy and Development Team, Luton Borough Council.

Luton Borough Council’s new housing strategy 2019-2022 sets out the council’s ambitions to improve the quality of life in Luton through good homes and neighbourhoods, getting homes built and tackling homelessness.

The Housing Delivery Test and what it means for local authorities: Tim Brown, HQN Associate and Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government, De Montfort University.

The Government’s Housing Delivery Test results for councils were published in February 2019 with mixed outcomes. About a third of councils failed the pass rate. Although there are concerns over this key performance indicator and the league table format, councils and their partners should use it to kick start effective measures to monitor and improve the delivery of new homes. 

The Capital Letters and PLACE projects – collaborative working to make a differenc: Elly Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy, London Councils.

How local authorities can work with housing associations and other strategic partners to deliver more: Scott Dorling, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins.

How local authorities can work with housing associations and other strategic partners to deliver more.

Your chairs for the day will be HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh and Emma Lindley, HQN Associate and Housing Strategy Lead Officer, Ashfield District Council.

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Delegate fees:
Full price: £289.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
Members of the Strategic Network: One free place per organisation, then £209 + VAT for additional places

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