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The UK is facing many challenges in meeting the housing needs of economically disadvantages households and first time buyers unable to reach the first rung of the property ladder. Lack of adequate housing and the constraints of public funds result in the increasing use of private sector participation in the supply and financing of social and more affordable housing.

The UK is facing many challenges in meeting the housing needs of economically disadvantages households and first time buyers unable to reach the first rung of the property ladder. Lack of adequate housing and the constraints of public funds result in the increasing use of private sector participation in the supply and financing of social and more affordable housing.

The need for investment in the social and public housing sector in UK has lead to growing requirements for private finance and innovative finance solutions. Social housing organisations are taking on an increasing role in the wider area of economic and social regeneration in order to meet the 2010 deadline. Ministerial statements actively encourage social housing organisations to engage in wider regeneration objectives whilst setting targets for them to achieve using a range of options. It is becoming clear however, that some of the initiatives proposed may not prove as suitable for the challenge as once hoped, this conference aims to show ways to ensure targets are met and the solutions available to the increasing challenges now and in the future.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Coralie Foster

Coralie Foster, PFI Manager, RSM Robson Rhodes LLP

9:10 DECENT HOMES

Anne Kirkham

Anne Kirkham, Head of Decent Homes , Office Of The Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)

  • Decent homes - the future
  • PFI's contribution to the Decent Homes Agenda
  • 9:50 ALMO SCHEMES

    Karl Tupling

    Karl Tupling, Director Of Housing, Sheffield City Council, Neighbourhoods & Community Care Directorate

  • Extending the life of an ALMO
  • Improving your star rating
  • Long-term outlook for ALMO projects
  • Procurement partnerships
  • Effective management of boards
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DEVELOPING THE ALMO POTENTIAL

    Chris Langstaff

    Chris Langstaff, Managing Director, Hounslow Homes

  • What new freedoms and flexibility could bring
  • Estate regeneration and neighbourhood management
  • Building new homes to meet the needs of the local community
  • Delivering excellent services
  • 11:40 REVIEW OF PFI ROUNDS 3 & 4

    Kevin Hanlon

    Kevin Hanlon, Senior Executive, 4ps

  • The scope of the PFI programme
  • Overview to date and the roll out of round 5
  • What are the ongoing opportunities for supply chain partners?
  • How to develop housing solutions with major contractors
  • Future potential of the PFI rounds
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PFI IN SOCIAL HOUSING

    Jeremy Allcock

    Jeremy Allcock, Chief Manager P F I, Nationwide

  • Current options
  • Is PFI appropriate?
  • Current market
  • Key funding issues
  • Case studies
  • HRA v non-HRA
  • 14:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Kevin Hanlon

    Kevin Hanlon, Senior Executive, 4ps

    Bill Best

    Bill Best, General Manager, Yorkshire Transformations

    John Harvey

    John Harvey, Managing Director, IRIS Consulting UK

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PUBLIC BUDGET CONSTRAINTS

    Paolo Signorini

    Paolo Signorini, Director General Economic Planning Commission, Ministry of the Economy and Finance

  • High debt and deficit ratios hinder government funding for social housing
  • Strategic asset management by government may increase availability of building land
  • Together with tax incentives and subsidies the Italian social housing market may finally benefit from private financing
  • 16:20 DEBT AND EQUITY FINANCING OF HOUSING PFI PROJECTS

  • Why is housing different from other PFI sectors?
  • What makes projects attractive to lenders and investors
  • Swarcliffe non-HRA PFI project
  • Karen Hill

    Karen Hill, Associate Director, Bank of Scotland

    Bill Best

    Bill Best, General Manager, Yorkshire Transformations

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Harvey

    John Harvey, Managing Director, IRIS Consulting UK

    9:10 CREATING DECENT ESTATES - NOT JUST DECENT HOMES

    Tom  Franklin

    Tom Franklin, Chief Executive, Living Streets

  • Using Community Estate Auditing to find out what residents want
  • The importance of public space in strengthening a neighbourhood's social capital
  • The impact of the ODPM's 'Cleaner, Safer, Greener' agenda on social housing
  • Creating activity-friendly communities
  • 9:50 BETTER HOMES & ACTIVE LIVES

    Judith Harrison

    Judith Harrison, Director of the Housing Forum, Constructing Excellence

  • Creating a customer driven strategy for housing
  • Involving residents and stakeholders
  • Focussing on long term sustainability in housing and neighbourhoods
  • Improving communities to strengthen social capital
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DECENT HOMES/ DECENT NEIGHBOURHOODS

    David Cowans

    David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places for People Group

  • Is the goal still achievable?
  • Stock option appraisals
  • Which options are proving the most successful?
  • Independent tenant and leaseholder advisors
  • 11:40 STOCK RETENTION

    Martin Cheeseman

    Martin Cheeseman, Director Of Housing, London Borough Of Brent

  • Using innovation to create decent homes
  • Long term approaches to deliver large scale investment and ensure best value
  • Resource requirements and how to assess your needs
  • Benchmarking and how to use it
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL HOUSING PFI SCHEME?

  • What works
  • Land
  • Project management
  • Wider strategic fit
  • Realistic costings
  • Ian  Davett

    Ian Davett, Head, Housing PFI, RSM Robson Rhodes LLP

    14:30 GOVERNANCE, NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGEMENT AND BEST VALUE

    Michael Newey

    Michael Newey, Chief Executive , Broadland Housing Association

  • How private finance is improving neighbourhoods
  • What benefits can be seen
  • Improving best value standards
  • Neighbourhood governance and best value objectives
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PRIORITY ESTATE PROJECTS

    Brendan Bowles

    Brendan Bowles, Chief Executive Officer, PEP

  • Influencing local and national policy
  • Project diversity
  • Training available to help
  • Pioneering good practice and innovation
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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