Delegates at this conference assessed the future for social housing policy in England, looking ahead to the Government’s green paper.
It also took place at a time of wide-ranging housing policy reform - including an increase to the Housing Infrastructure Fund, the establishment of a Land Assembly Fund, the lifting of the housing revenue account borrowing cap for local authorities ‘in high need’ and changes to the National Planning Policy Framework designed to encourage developers to build on land already granted planning permission.
Delegates discussed the key issues expected to be covered in the Green Paper - including the quality of social homes, service management, the rights of tenants, tackling homelessness, and the role for social housing in supporting local economies and public services.
Further sessions focused on potential implications of the Mayor of London’s Draft Housing Strategy for social housing in the Capital and what more can be done to improve standards and the safety of social housing - in the context of the ongoing inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire and the government’s consultation on building safety, including proposals to restrict use of ‘desktop studies’. Those that attended also considered the challenges for meeting the housing requirements of vulnerable groups, as government published its interim response after two consultations on funding for supported housing.
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