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The UK is facing many challenges in meeting the housing needs of economically disadvantages households. 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 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. Their permissible purposes have been extended to enable this, and for charities, many regeneration activities have now been accepted as within charitable objectives. Recent Ministerial statements actively encourage social housing organisations to engage in wider regeneration objectives.

Following on from the success of the last event, SMi's Second annual conference aims to cover the following:

  • The new Treasury document on "Promoting more flexible investment in property: a consultation"
  • A view from the Housing Associations
  • Wider regeneration objectives
  • Local Authority Funding
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Coralie Foster

Coralie Foster, Director, Public Private Partnerships, Robson Rhodes

9:10 THE BARKER REVIEW OF HOUSING

Richard  Kemp

Richard Kemp, Chair, Plus Housing Group, Deputy Chair and Housing Spokesperson, Environment Board, Local Government Association

  • Main findings
  • The need for more housing
  • Challenges faced by providing more affordable housing
  • The dwindling number of right-to-buy properties
  • Implications for the public
  • Options for the Government
  • 9:50 PRIVATE FINANCE AS A FUNDING SOLUTION

    Anthony Sykes

    Anthony Sykes, Deputy General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Empire

  • Why is it needed?
  • What are the implications to the Local Authority?
  • What credit issues are raised?
  • Social Housing and Urban Regeneration
  • Future trends
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DECREASING THE URBAN JUNGLE

    David Cowans

    David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, The Places for People Group

  • Decreasing the council estates
  • Physical and economic development – helping the socially excluded?
  • The holistic approach to housing
  • Will it tackle the social problem?
  • Short-term initiatives, long-term visions – the same objectives?
  • Is there enough investment to support the vision?
  • 11:40 USING PFI IN THE HOUSING SECTOR

    Bill Payne

    Bill Payne, Group Chief Executive, Yorkshire Housing Group

  • How does it work?
  • Sharing rewards/risks between public & private sectors
  • Incentives for increased productivity
  • The new schemes in Leeds
  • Sucess so far
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 HOUSING 21, OLDHAM COUNCIL

    Jean Stretton

    Jean Stretton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Why was Housing 21 the preferred bidder?
  • How will they bring investment to the town?
  • Improvements to the sheltered housing
  • How do they differ from other not for profit organisations?
  • Ideas for the future
  • 14:30 NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOUSING PPP

    Barbara Brownlee

    Barbara Brownlee, Director, Pinnacle psg Limited

  • Reality check of current Housing PPP contracts compared to the parties' expectations
  • Agenda for making Housing PPP work better
  • Encouraging more players on the contractor side
  • Developing capacity on the client side
  • The future of government subsidy of social housing
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CASE STUDY

    Paolo Signorini

    Paolo Signorini, Director General, Ministry of the Economy and Finance

  • Central & local administrations implementation responsibilities
  • Financial and tax incentives for housing investments
  • Integration of housing and urban interventions to gain more private capital
  • Opportunities rather than risks
  • 16:20 RESPONDING TO THE EFFICIENCY AGENDA

  • Through PFI
  • Practice issues for new schemes
  • Learning from past difficulties
  • Coralie Foster

    Coralie Foster, Director, Public Private Partnerships, Robson Rhodes

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard Payne

    Richard Payne, Director, Currie & Brown

    9:10 ARMS LENGTH MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS (ALMOs)

    Ann  Lucas

    Ann Lucas, Chair, Homes for Islington

  • How ALMOs work and why they are needed to achieve the "decent homes standard"
  • Key requirements for gaining the extra funding
  • Other benefits
  • The future of ALMOs
  • 9:50 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES - BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

    Nic Bliss

    Nic Bliss, Senior Community Development Officer, Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services

  • Making communities that work
  • The importance of empowering communities
  • A change of culture - what it means for the business
  • The Community Gateway Model
  • The experience of the Preston Community Gateway
  • Will it achieve the communities behind the housing estates?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 LEGAL ISSUES IN HOUSING PPP

  • The obstacles removed
  • Sector specific challenges
  • Reducing bid costs
  • The challenge ahead
  • Tim Costello

    Tim Costello, Partner, Eversheds

    11:40 A NEW FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

  • Current problems with funding
  • Technological and regulatory developments
  • Financial innovations and reforms for the Finance Sector
  • Will they solve the problem?
  • Trends for the future
  • Anthony Parkes

    Anthony Parkes, Group Financial Director, Network Housing Group

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE CONSORTIA

  • What its all about
  • PFI element
  • The urban regeneration
  • Feedback from the bidding process
  • Lessons learnt
  • Ian Perry

    Ian Perry, Chairman, Harvest Housing Group

    Frances Chaplin

    Frances Chaplin, Director, PRP Architects

    Paul Hilton

    Paul Hilton, Finance Director, Gleeson Capital Solutions

    15:10 THE CURRENT PFI SYSTEMS

  • Lessons learnt
  • Reading Housing PFI
  • Manchester Housing PFI
  • The developing market place
  • New developments
  • Wave 2 and 3 schemes
  • Jonathan Stewart

    Jonathan Stewart, Director, Gleeds Development Services

    Darren  Crocker

    Darren Crocker, Director, Gleeds

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Making Public/Private Partnerships Work
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    Making Public/Private Partnerships Work

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    20th April 2005
    London, United Kingdom

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    51/53 Hatton Garden
    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues

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