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The Government has recently announced that over the next ten years all social housing must be brought up to a decent standard. This means the majority of Local Authorities and Housing Associations have to assess the housing stock in their possession and determine levels of spending and investment required to bring this up to accepted standards.

This conference will focus on issues surrounding the transfer of housing stocks from Local Authority to Housing Associations control. The use of PFI and other procurement methods to fund the redevelopment of housing stocks and the financing of regeneration programmes.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Crewe

David Crewe, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Phil Davies

Phil Davies, Acting Director of Housing, Derby City Council

  • Public or private finance?
  • Demonstrating value for money
  • Non financial tests
  • Council strategies for providing decent housing
  • Government policy for providing decent housing
  • Future for social housing
  • 9:40 HOUSING INVESTMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

    David Vasey, Business Development Manager, Stockton on Tees Borough Council

    David Vasey, Business Development Manager, Stockton on Tees Borough Council, and, Julie Allport, Housing Strategy Manager, Stockton on Tees Borough Council

  • Government policy for providing decent housing
  • Investment options
  • Value for money and none financial tests
  • The arms length company option
  • Council strategies for providing decent housing
  • Future for social housing
  • 10:20 PARTNERSHIPS

    Harry Seaton

    Harry Seaton, Director of Housing Services, City of Salford Housing Services

  • Social housing in a regeneration context
  • Financial challenges facing housing authorities
  • Attracting private sector partners and private finance
  • Challenges and risks facing the local housing authority
  • Looking to the future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 TRANSFERS

    Sarah Webb

    Sarah Webb, Head of Community Housing Task Force, Department for Transport Local Government and the Regions

  • Overview of voluntary transfers
  • Role of the Estates Renewal Challenge
  • The transfer process
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a transfer
  • Evaluation of the transfer programmes to date
  • The future – is it the end of council housing?
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY

    Martin Frost

    Martin Frost, Group Director of Finance, New Charter Housing Trust

  • The rationale
  • Determining the funding requirement
  • Exploring funding opportunities
  • Creating a new organisation – the dynamics
  • Delivering the business
  • Looking to the future
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 FINANCE STRATEGIES

    Jonathan Pryor

    Jonathan Pryor, Partner, Smith & Williamson

  • Pressure and constraints on Registered Social Landlords
  • Review of financial regulations
  • Developing a clearly defined strategy
  • Business models
  • Facilitating self-evaluation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • 14:40 FUNDING FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

    Keith Reeve

    Keith Reeve, Chief Manager, Housing Finance, Nationwide Building Society

  • A dynamic sector
  • Key challenges for RSL’s
  • Key risks
  • Funder’s role
  • The future
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PFI HOUSING

    David Jepson

    David Jepson, Director of Regeneration, Riverside Housing Organisation

  • Never underestimate the time, detail and resources needed to win a PFI/PPP project
  • Learning as you go along and the invaluable lessons learnt
  • Discussions around penalties for not delivering on time and to budget
  • Providing a service rather than a commodity
  • Demonstrating your long term commitment to the project
  • Structuring the bid documents
  • 16:20 HOUSING ASSOCIATION FINANCE

    Jacqui Stansfield

    Jacqui Stansfield, Head of Financial and IT Services, Aksa Housing Association

  • Constraints on future development
  • Existing and future partnerships
  • Funding for regeneration
  • Stock transfers to the small BME Associations – solution or problem?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ian Graham

    Ian Graham, Head of Housing, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins Solicitors

    9:10 SOCIAL HOUSING

    Paul Langford

    Paul Langford, Assistant Director, Resource and Support Services, Leeds City Council

  • PFI as a potential source of private investment in local authority housing stock
  • Overview of commercial framework
  • Risk and funding issues
  • The role of funders
  • The role of social landlord
  • Looking to local authority development of housing stock
  • 9:35 HOUSING INVESTMENT

    Florence Barras

    Florence Barras, Director, Laing Investments

  • PFI social housing
  • Success of pathfinder projects
  • Government commitment
  • Regeneration activities
  • Investment strategies
  • Experience to date

    Second generation projects

  • 10:20 COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND

    Bob Millar

    Bob Millar, Chief Executive, Communities Scotland

  • Background of Communities Scotland
  • Investing in the development of communities
  • Issues of best value within the construction industry
  • Modernising procurement policies
  • A national housing investment programme
  • Transferring development funding to local authorities
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CASE STUDY

    Alan Humphreys

    Alan Humphreys, Chief Executive, Aragon Housing Association

  • Sourcing finance
  • Creating partnerships
  • Structuring the finance deal
  • Financial goals
  • Lessons learnt
  • 12:00 ARM’S LENGTH MANAGEMENT

    Geoff Paul

    Geoff Paul, Chief Executive, Blyth Valley Borough Council

  • Why set up an arm’s length management organisation?
  • Models for an arm’s length company
  • Delivery plan of the arm’s length management organisation
  • The funding arrangements
  • Impact on council contracts and corporate tendering strategies
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PFI HOUSING

    Flannan Collins

    Flannan Collins, Project Director, Tara Hill National Park

  • Building Local Authority housing
  • Selecting partners
  • Developing a successful bid
  • PFI framework
  • Lessons learnt
  • 14:40 CASE STUDY - TACKLING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

    David Shaw

    David Shaw, Group Director of Development and Procurement, Places for People

  • The market for skilled main contractors
  • Improving suppliers methods
  • Construction spend and aims
  • Meeting efficiency savings
  • Project timeframe
  • Partnering strategy
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 PARTNERING AND PROCUREMENT

    Noel Foley

    Noel Foley, Principal, Noel Foley Procurement and Partnering Consultancy

  • The supply chain
  • Evaluations and negotiations
  • Government efforts to promote transfers
  • Section 106 “planning gain” agreements
  • Problems caused by the housing planning system
  • The Egan agenda of partnering
  • 16:20 PROPOSING CHANGES TO OWNERSHIP AND/OR MANAGEMENT: INCLUDING TENANT AND LEASEHOLDERS INTERESTS

    Patrick Harkness

    Patrick Harkness, Director, Dome Consultants

  • The role and interests of tenants and leaseholders at times of change
  • Independent support and advice – a users’ guide to the Independent Tenants’ Advisers’ role and responsibilities
  • Option Studies and option development
  • Tenants as decision makers: tenants as consulltees
  • Making a difference: Case notes on involving tenants: transfers, Private Finance Initiative, Arms Length Management Organisations
  • Sustaining change
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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