WBF policy conference looks at the future of social housing

WBF policy conference looks at the future of social housing

Westminster Business Forum policy conference will examine the future for social housing in England. The event will also address sector recovery and the support needed for social housing providers, the tenants they serve and the construction industry, to get back on track in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Westminster Business Forum’s online conference The future for social housing in England: expanding access, improving consumer experience and priorities for regulation’ — will take place on the 19th January. The event will focus on the key and emerging issues for social housing in England, this includes debating key policy developments such as The Social Housing White Paper and wider government policy.

The conference will tackle the need to improve the provision and quality of social housing, covering regulation, financial sustainability, tenant engagement and support. It will also discuss planning and the impact of the recently-announced reform to streamline the system on building more social homes in the areas where they are needed most. Safety will be another key area of focus, with plans for a new Building Safety Regulator following theBuilding a safer future’ consultation. The next steps needed with regard to smoke and CO alarms, electrical and other areas to ensure resident safety in buildings will be discussed.

Making the best use of land to deliver social housing and new approaches to housing design and delivery that enhance the community, support healthy lives, protect biodiversity and meet changes in demand will also be debated.

Additional discussion points include working with partners from housing associations and local authorities, and the role of MMC and offsite or modular construction.

Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive at the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH), will be the keynote speaker at the conference and there will be networking opportunities for attendees.

For more information about the online conference and to book a place click here.

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