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The UK is facing many challenges in meeting the housing needs of economically disadvantaged 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 the UK has led to growing requirements for private finance and innovative finance solutions.

This two day conference is designed to give a comprehensive update of the state of the social housing market in the UK and the current role that PFI and PPP is playing. Through a series of targeted presentations and focused case studies the event will give you the opportunity to discover the latest developments surrounding social housing and regeneration projects in the UK.


Key topics to be discussed will include:

  • Progress towards targets - how is social housing moving in the right direction?
  • Contractual issues - are we moving towards standardisation?
  • LIFT and other funding methods - is PFI a cohesive funding solution?
  • Developing the role of ALMO's in social housing
  • Case study - Cheshire Extra Care housing scheme
  • Partnerships - the evolving relationship between the public and the private sector
  • Housing market renewal pathfinders
  • Priority estate projects
  • Focus on HRA's
  • Alternatives to PFI - are other routes of procurement a safer bet?

Benefits of attending:

  • Hear the latest social housing developments and initiatives from the UK Government
  • Consider new urban regeneration aims
  • Discuss the new methods implemented by local authorities
  • Learn about tried and tested models through case studies
  • Update yourself on the latest innovative financing techniques and models


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anne Kirkham, Deputy Director, Decent Homes and Housing Finance, Department of Communities and Local Government
  • Jeremy Allcock, Head of Project Finance, Nationwide
  • Richard Hill, Director, Programmes and Procurement, Housing Corporation
  • Mick Howarth, Senior Manager, Older People's Services, Cheshire County Council
  • Mateu Turro, Associate Director, European Investment Bank
  • Chris Kelsall, Director, Mpulse Limited
  • Martin Cheeseman, Director of Housing, London Borough of Brent
  • Amanda Richardson, Deputy Strategy & Policy Director, Elevate East Lancashire
  • Alan Benson, Head of Housing & Homelessness, Greater London Authority
  • Joe Reeves, Assistant Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Alex Guy, Head of Social Housing, DLA Piper UK LLP

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Allcock

Jeremy Allcock, Head of Project Finance, Nationwide

9:10 FINANCIAL FUTURES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

Anne Kirkham

Anne Kirkham, Deputy Director - Decent Homes and Housing Finance Division, Department for Communities and Local Government

  • The Housing Review Account
  • The Homes and Community Agency and beyond
  • Success and contribution of PFI so far
  • Implementing new strategies
  • The future for decent homes
  • 9:50 FUNDING SOCIAL HOUSING

    Jeremy Allcock

    Jeremy Allcock, Head of Project Finance, Nationwide

  • What makes housing different from other sectors?
  • Where is the funding coming from?
  • Financial models
  • From PFI to PPP?
  • Landmark financing deals
  • Bankability
  • HRA vs. Non HRA
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CASE STUDY: THE CHESHIRE EXTRA CARE HOUSING PROJECT

    Mick Howarth

    Mick Howarth, Senior Manager, Older Peoples Services, Cheshire County Council

  • The drivers for the extra care strategy
  • The Cheshire model of extra care
  • Lessons from the PFI route
  • Managing affordability
  • Links to the wider strategy and partnership challenges
  • 11:40 FINANCIAL ADVISER PERSPECTIVE CLIENT SIDE

  • What the client wishes to see from a bidder
  • How the bidder should dialogue with the council
  • What are the key financial commercial issues that clients focus on in evaluating bids?
  • How can the bidder make a difference?
  • Joseph Reeves

    Joseph Reeves, Assistant Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Kathryn Eustice

    Kathryn Eustice, Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 HOUSING PFI - THE OLDHAM EXPERIENCE

    Chris Kelsall

    Chris Kelsall, Housing PFI Programme Manager, Mpulse Limited

  • Housing PFI in Oldham
  • Introduction
  • 2 major projects each - £100m: one signed and one in procurement
  • Key aims of housing PFI in Oldham
  • Round two sheltered housing project
  • Current status
  • Key issues to date
  • Round four housing project
  • Project scope
  • Project management
  • Contract documentation
  • Monitoring and service delivery
  • Key learning experiences
  • Synergies
  • Avoiding the same mistakes
  • Practical issues
  • 14:40 FOCUS: LONDON

    Alan Benson

    Alan Benson, Head of Housing & Homelessness, Greater London Authority (G L A)

  • London's Mayor and housing strategy
  • The Homes and Communities Agency
  • Current public/private partnerships
  • Future joint ventures
  • 15:20 NEW BREED OF HOUSING PPP

    Alan Aisbett

    Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsent Masons

  • Role of HCA
  • LHCs and new build
  • LABVs and estate development
  • Where next?
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Jeremy Allcock

    Jeremy Allcock, Head of Project Finance, Nationwide

    16:10 Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Bridge

    Paul Bridge, Chief executive, Homes for Haringey

    9:10 HOUSING PFI: APPLYING THE LESSONS LEARNED

    Alex Guy

    Alex Guy, Head of Social Housing, DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Housing PFI - the least standard sector of all
  • HRA and non HRA structures
  • Contract standardisation
  • Pitfalls in procurement
  • Public sector perspective - how to package projects successfully
  • Private sector perspective - how to produce a winning bid
  • Innovation in tax and financing structures
  • Hybrid financing
  • Where SOPC fails to fit
  • Applying the experience to new opportunities
  • 9:50 IFRS

    Paul Austin

    Paul Austin, Director, Mazars

  • Adoption of the new procedures
  • Private and public sector accounting
  • SPV's
  • Practicalities and modelled examples
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 HOUSING MARKET RENEWAL PATHFINDERS

    Amanda  Richardson

    Amanda Richardson, Deputy director strategic risk, Elevate East Lancashire

  • Strategies for areas of low demand
  • Role of public sector
  • Role of private sector
  • How sustainable are the communities that are being created?
  • 11:40 SOCIAL HOUSING - THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

    Mateu Turro

    Mateu Turro, Associate Director, European Investment Bank

  • The financial model and urban renewal
  • Eligibility and appraisal
  • Success criteria for urban regeneration
  • Social housing channels
  • Case studies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 THE BRENT SOCIAL HOUSING PARTNERSHIP

    Martin Cheeseman

    Martin Cheeseman, Director of Housing, London Borough of Brent

    14:30 PARTNERSHIPS IN THE HOUSING SECTOR

    Paul Bridge

    Paul Bridge, Chief executive, Homes for Haringey

  • Managing the relationship between the contractor and the client
  • Monitoring performance
  • Long term contract management
  • 15:20 PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT IN SOCIAL HOUSING PROJECTS

  • Reviewing the contract
  • Reporting procedures
  • Effective performance monitoring
  • Performance management structures
  • John Harvey

    John Harvey, Managing Director, IRIS Consulting

    Angela Housham

    Angela Housham, Associate Director, IRIS Consulting UK

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Paul Bridge

    Paul Bridge, Chief executive, Homes for Haringey

    16:10 Afternoon Tea

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    Making Public-Private Partnerships Work – the Local Housing Companies (LHCs model)
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    Making Public-Private Partnerships Work – the Local Housing Companies (LHCs model)

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