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Next steps for social housing in England - examining proposed legislation and regulation, implementation, issues for tenants and developers, quality improvement, and innovation opportunities

Morning, Thursday, 29th September 2022

This conference focuses on the next steps for the social housing sector in England.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine proposals in the new Social Housing Regulation Bill, and issues and opportunities around:

  • implementation of new regulatory policy
  • improving engagement on housing services between tenants and housing providers
  • delivery of new social housing projects

The conference also takes place as the Government launches wider reforms to housing policy, including the new regulatory framework for building safety, extension of Right-to-Buy policy, and reforms to the planning system embedded in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.

We also expect discussion on issues raised by the newly-established independent panel on low-quality social housing, organised by the National Housing Federation.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on priorities for:

  • implementation - the likely impact of new regulatory policy - what is needed to take forward potential changes to governance, housing management and service provision
  • accountability - performance of duties - options for support for the sector in compliance with new statutory duties - responding to Government intervention in operations and management
  • housing management - the impact of new regulatory policy on social housing operations
  • innovation - use of data and information in compliance with regulations to improve administration - new approaches to the delivery of housing support - opportunities and best practice
  • tenant rights:
    • key issues for safety, health, housing quality, and security - service quality disparities in the sector highlighted by the NHF inquiry
    • guidance, awareness, representation, and access to legal authorities such as the Ombudsman in settling disputes
  • developers - what the Bill means for future social housing investment - potential implications for building safety, housing quality, planning, and the new policy framework for construction

We are very pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing; Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, New Homes Quality Board; and Darren Baxter, Senior Policy Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Keynote Speaker

Fiona MacGregor

Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing

Keynote Speakers

Leon Livermore

Chief Executive, New Homes Quality Board

Darren Baxter

Senior Policy Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Fiona MacGregor

Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing


Liz Twist MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility


Councillor Linda Taylor

Leader, Cornwall Council

Tonia Secker

Partner, Head of Affordable Housing, Trowers & Hamlins

Gerraint Oakley

Executive Director for Growth and Development, Platform Housing Group

Osama Bhutta

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter

Donna McCarthy

Partner and Head of Housing Management & Property Litigation, Devonshires

Steve Collins

Chief Executive, Rentplus