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Strategic Housing Month intro

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.

Strategic housing month speakers

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 and 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
  • Jason Lowe, Head of Independent and Supported Living, Beyond Housing
  • Alistair McIntosh, CEO, HQN
  • Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Emer Sheehy, Senior Policy Researcher, Citizens Advice
  • Elly Shepherd, Strategic Lead, Housing and Planning, London Councils
  • Mike Shepherd, Director of New Business and Development, VIVID
  • Hannah Smith, Sustainability Manager, Royal Borough of Kensington and 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.

Strategic housing month 15 Apr

Strategic housing month 15 Apr The state of the nation – prospects for housing, local authorities and the outlook for the wider UK economy

Thursday 15 April 2021

For the opening workshop of our Strategic Housing Month, we will examine the prospects for housing, local authorities and the wider UK economy. Rishi’s glossy video and associated Budget point to a rosy future and a roadmap out of the Covid crisis, but how do we tackle some of the entrenched issues that existed in pre-pandemic times and have only got worse?

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Strategic housing month 19 Apr

Strategic housing month 19 Apr Delivering more homes through partnership working

Monday 19 April 2021

The government has given local authorities an opportunity to step up their housebuilding activities by making funding available to them through the £12 billion Affordable Homes programme. This session will provide an overview of the current housebuilding landscape and help councils understand the various routes of delivery available to them.

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Strategic housing month 20 Apr

Strategic housing month 20 Apr Strategies for PRS housing

Tuesday 20 April 2021

What are the prospects for the private rented sector as the market adjusts to measures to deal with the pandemic? How will landlords react to the changes and what will it mean for tenants? This session will look at the way forward for local authority PRS teams, focusing on what we can expect in the next 12 months in terms of government policy and action on the ground.

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Strategic housing month 21 Apr am

Strategic housing month 21 Apr am Strategic thinking in turbulent times

Wednesday 21 April 2021

How do you think strategically during a time of intense uncertainty, when it is difficult to plan a week ahead at times, let alone a year or three? How do you overcome feelings of anxiety to ensure you and your teams are performing at their best?

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Strategic housing month 21 Apr pm

Strategic housing month 21 Apr pm Planning White Paper update

Wednesday 21 April 2021

This session will provide an update on the state of play on planning for housing. It will focus primarily on the progress on meeting the government’s aim of delivering 300,000 homes per year, the contentious topic of permitted development, the quality of new developments and calculating how much housing we need.

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Strategic housing month 22 Apr

Strategic housing month 22 Apr Improving the relationship between health and housing

Thursday 22 April 2021

This session will explore the role local authorities and housing associations can play in improving the nation’s health by working more strategically and focus on ways they can already get involved through initiatives such as the Better Care Fund and the NHS Long Term Plan for homelessness, substance misuse and mental health services. We will also examine the proposals set out in the recent Health and Social Care White Paper.

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Strategic housing month 23 Apr am

Strategic housing month 23 Apr am Moving away from choice-based lettings and improving the customer experience

Friday 23 April 2021

In this session, Dave Ripley, Executive Director of Customer Services at Thirteen Group, will explain why the organisation’s focus on the customer experience led them to rethink their approach to allocations and lettings and a move away from sub-regional choice-based lettings.

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Strategic housing month 23 Apr pm

Strategic housing month 23 Apr pm New approaches to tackling homelessness

Friday 23 April 2021

This session will explore new patterns of homelessness, new initiatives and new organisational approaches as we continue to look for a sustainable, long-term solution.

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Strategic housing month 27 Apr

Strategic housing month 27 Apr The journey to zero carbon

Tuesday 27 April 2021

This session will look to set out the challenges facing housing providers, highlight some of the opportunities and showcase what some social landlords are already doing in this area.

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Strategic housing month 30 Apr

Strategic housing month 30 Apr The Strategic Housing Unconference

Friday 30 April 2021

For the final session of our Strategic Housing Month, we are giving delegates the opportunity to shape their own agenda at our ‘unconference’ session.

This is an opportunity to discuss your own burning issues with our associates and experts with the agenda being decided on the day.

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Strategic housing month 8 June

Strategic housing month 29 Apr Mayoral elections and future of city/sub-regions

Tuesday 8 June 2021

This session will focus on two key issues:

  • The state of play on devolution in England including the links with, for instance, local government reorganisation, the levelling up agenda, city deals and local growth deals 
  • The Implications for housing such as city region and sub-regional housing and homelessness strategies, investment/funding opportunities (eg joint ventures) and governance arrangements (eg partnerships).

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