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This conference will concentrate on government policy regarding local authority housing finance - discussing the transfer of property from Local Authorities to Housing Associations and examining how the transfer is funded. It will examine, amongst other topics, central and local government policies, how housing stock is managed and funded, and the use of PFI and other procurement methods to pay for redevelopment and regeneration. It will also feature various case studies from local councils and housing associations.

Benefits of Attending
· Understand the latest policy developments and their effects on key housing issues
· Assess the success of Large Scale Voluntary Transfers
· Realise the benefits of public private housing partnerships
· Evaluate the risks and challenges of different funding arrangements
· Learn from various local authority and housing association case studies
· Meet and network with leading industry players and raise the profile of your company

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:

  • Steve Trueman, Director - Housing, 4ps
  • Wendy Jarvis, Divisional Manager, Local Authority Housing Finance, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Steve Amos, Head of Social Housing Team, Barclays Bank
  • David Corner, Director, National Audit Office
  • Joanna Averley, Director of Enabling, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Peter Redman, Group Chief Executive, Notting Hill Housing Group
  • Karl Tupling, Head of Housing Strategy, Sheffield City Council, Neighbourhoods Directorate
  • Paddy McIntyre, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Piers Williamson, Chief Executive, The Housing Finance Corporation
  • Michael Lennon, Chief Executive, Glasgow Housing Association
  • Keith Reeve, Chief Manager, Housing Finance, Nationwide Building Society
  • Andy Jennings, Director of Housing, Islington Council Housing Services Department
  • John Lewis, Director - Strategic Joint Ventures Division, English Partnerships

    “Excellent, well done. The first conference where I have really had to think – which is excellent”
    Brian Taylor, Managing Director, BTA Consulting
    Previous delegate from SMi’s 2003 Private Finance in Social Housing Conference

  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Judith Harrison

    Judith Harrison, Project Director, The Housing Forum

    9:10 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ROLE

    Wendy Jarvis

    Wendy Jarvis, Divisional Manager, Local Authority Housing Finance, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

  • Overview of government policy
  • The problem of £19bn backlog in social housing
  • The aims of partnerships between the public and private sectors
  • Transferring risk from the pubic sector to the private sector
  • Maintaining good value for money
  • Progress so far and expectations for the future
  • 9:40 HOUSING POLICY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Paddy McIntyre

    Paddy McIntyre, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

  • Housing policy in Northern Ireland
  • Housing administration in Northern Ireland
  • Housing finance in Northern Ireland
  • Working with the private sector in Northern Ireland
  • 10:20 PRIVATE FINANCE IN SOCIAL HOUSING IN GLASGOW

    Michael Lennon

    Michael Lennon, Chief Executive, Glasgow Housing Association

  • Writing off the city’s housing debt
  • Transferring the City Council’s 80,000 homes to the Glasgow Housing Association
  • Ensuring a smooth and seamless transfer
  • Reinvesting in Glasgow’s housing
  • Partnerships between the public and private sector
  • Results so far and plans for the future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PFI FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

    Steve Trueman

    Steve Trueman, Executive, 4P's

  • How does it work?
  • What the government is looking for
  • Types of project
  • Guidance for authorities and bidders
  • Key issues
  • Future prospects
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY

    Andy Jennings

    Andy Jennings, Director of Housing, Islington Council Housing Services Department

  • Background to the scheme
  • The relationship between Partners for Improvement and Islington Council
  • Being a pioneering PFI contract
  • The housing management arrangements – effects on tenants and leaseholders
  • Islington Council as the freeholder and landlord
  • Problems encountered and what we have learnt
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 DESIGN FOR LIFE

    Joanna Averley

    Joanna Averley, Director of Enabling, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

  • Learning from past mistakes
  • Design quality – a priority from outset of procurement process?
  • Helping clients achieve better value from their projects through better design
  • PFI and social housing – new and existing stock regeneration
  • The wider picture – social, existing and environmental issues
  • Our experiences to date and plans for the future
  • 14:40 THE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP

    John Lewis

    John Lewis, Director - Strategic Joint Ventures Division, English Partnerships

  • Working in line with the Sustainable Communities Plan
  • The new housing gap funding scheme
  • Tackling problems of housing decline and abandonment
  • Developing innovative long-term partnerships
  • The importance of partnerships and the future for private finance in social housing
  • 15:20 BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

    David Hill

    David Hill, Chief Executive, Ashford Borough Council

  • Understanding Ashford’s capacity to absorb growth
  • Laying the foundations for sustainable growth
  • Ashford’s unique delivery arrangements – local leadership
  • The Government’s £50m contribution to the interim delivery plan
  • Long-term delivery – identifying the right mix of public and private funding
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brian Platt

    Brian Platt, Consultant, Hunter & Partners

    9:10 IMPROVING SOCIAL HOUSING THROUGH TRANSFER

    David Corner

    David Corner, Director, National Audit Office

  • The volume of LSVT taken place since programme began in 1988
  • Why the programme has been supported by different successive governments
  • Have transfers delivered the intended benefits for tenants?
  • The financial effects of transfer
  • The Public Services Agreement and its progress
  • Findings and recommendations for the future
  • 9:40 CASE STUDY – SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL

    Karl Tupling

    Karl Tupling, Head of Housing Strategy, Sheffield City Council, Neighbourhoods Directorate

  • Extending our decent homes target to the private sector
  • Factoring housing market renewal into the equation
  • The most successful method of improving housing stock?
  • Reducing the risk to the local authority and government
  • Policies and procedures
  • What has been learnt through the volume of stock transfer and our experiences to date?
  • 10:20 LEGAL ISSUES

    Alan Aisbett

    Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsent Curtis

  • The current guidance on housing PFI Contracts
  • Is this working for housing PFI projects?
  • Areas of concern in standardisation of housing PFI Contracts
  • Assessment and transferral of risks in housing PFI projects
  • What risks are capable of being transferred?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 IS THERE A LIMIT ON HOW MUCH THE SECTOR CAN BORROW?

    Piers Williamson

    Piers Williamson, Chief Executive, The Housing Finance Corporation

  • The past: historic funding activity – asset based bonds and debentures
  • The present: bank dominance – implications of corporate covenants
  • Growing importance of risk management: importance of liquidity and interest rate risk management – have we seen the bottom of the cycle?
  • The future: return to asset finance with a new focus on efficient allocation
  • 12:00 FUNDING STRATEGIES

    Steve Amos

    Steve Amos, Head of Social Housing Team, Barclays Bank

  • Project finance – on or off balance sheet
  • Making your assets work
  • Important issues for borrowers and lenders
  • Sources of finance and main funders
  • Accommodating diversification
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 IN BUSINESS FOR NEIGHBOURHOODS

    Peter Redman

    Peter Redman, Group Chief Executive, Notting Hill Housing Group

  • Choosing your housing association partner
  • Adding to the resources available for renewal and regeneration
  • Alternative sources of finance for social housing
  • Case study: choices for Grahame Park – a new neighbourhood without government grant
  • The key ingredients for a successful neighbourhood
  • 14:40 TACKLING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY NEEDS

    Nicolas Heslop

    Nicolas Heslop, Cabinet Member for Housing, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

  • The need for social and affordable housing in Tonbridge and Malling
  • Housing Needs and Affordability Study/Interim Housing Policy
  • The impact of losing Local Authority Social Housing Grant (LASHG)
  • Securing transitional LASHG funding/fast-tracking a whole range of new housing schemes
  • Working with the Regional Housing Board/Housing Corporation
  • Achieving ‘Fit for Purpose’ Housing Strategy
    Importance of lobbying and quick effective partnership
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FUNDING REGISTERED SOCIAL LANDLORDS (RSLS)

    Keith Reeve

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

  • How are funders reacting to these challenges?
  • Methods of risk analysis
  • Basel 2 – the implications for lenders and RSLs
  • Management and governance
  • Lender appetite and funding volumes available
  • What are the current trends in funding strategies and options?
  • 16:20 FUNDING THROUGH A SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE

    Anthony Parkes

    Anthony Parkes, Group Financial Director, Network Housing Group

  • The need to relieve pressure on the balance sheet
  • Benefits of using a funding vehicle
  • Combined strength, local solutions
  • Setting up a funding vehicle
  • A review after the first year
  • Future expansion through the group fund vehicle
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Housing Regeneration and Transfer
    Workshop

    Housing Regeneration and Transfer

    The Grange Holborn Hotel
    21st April 2004
    London, United Kingdom

    Developing, Financing and Delivering Housing PPP Projects
    Workshop

    Developing, Financing and Delivering Housing PPP Projects

    The Grange Holborn Hotel
    21st April 2004
    London, United Kingdom

    The Grange Holborn Hotel

    50-60 Southampton Row
    London WC1B 4AR
    United Kingdom

    The Grange Holborn Hotel

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