|Title:||The Future of Social Housing: Empowering Local Authorities to Deliver Flexible Solutions|
|Date:||Thursday 13th September 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
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|Frances Walker, Head of Allocations, Department for Communities and Local Government|
|Laura Shimili, Policy and Practice Advisor, Chartered Institute of Housing|
|Deborah Garvie, Director of Policy, Shelter|
With an increase in homelessness and overcrowding, providing homes for people on limited budgets in tough and uncertain economic times is of vital social importance. It also provides a springboard for tenants to strive for other opportunities in education and employment.
In November 2010, the Government announced a radical reform of the social housing system to provide local authorities, social landlords and social tenants a fairer and more flexible social housing system. These changes were introduced through what was then the Localism Bill.
On 29th June 2012 the UK Government issued new statutory guidance to local authorities in England about social housing allocation, accompanying the changes in the Localism Act 2011.
In a wider context, the Government has initiated a number of other schemes and programmes to help local organisations deliver high quality social homes, improve flexibility in social housing and protect the vulnerable.
This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, local housing association teams, the private sector, voluntary and community organisations working in social housing and other key stakeholders to discuss the Government’s strategy for the future of social housing. The symposium will analyse the measures to make the social housing system fairer, more flexible, responsive and ultimately, how to utilise the approximate four million social homes in the most efficient manner possible for those vulnerable and most in need.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Social Housing Reform – Understanding the New Statutory Guidance
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Safeguarding the Vulnerable – Empowering Local Authorities to Deliver High Quality and Affordable Social Homes
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
Social housing is of enormous importance – for the millions who live in it now, and for the many more who look to social housing to provide the support they need to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.
The Localism Act makes fundamental changes to the social housing system which will make the system fairer, striking a proper balance between the needs of new and existing tenants.
Currently, many are trapped by their housing – lacking incentives to work, and often unable to move even if they want to. Our reforms will enable councils and social landlords to make social housing a springboard to success.
But it’s important that councils and social landlords seize the opportunity which these changes offer to make the best use of this precious resource, so that more people benefit from a social home when they need it and for as long as they need it. This draft guidance points councils to the new and existing flexibilities within the allocation legislation which allow them to tailor local services to real local needs. ”
— Minister of State for Housing and Local Government, January 2012