This timely seminar examined the future for social housing and affordable rent in England - and was an early opportunity to discuss the Government’s policy priorities in this area.
Delegates discussed key government and local initiatives to increase the number of available homes across social and affordable housing - including the impact of the extension of Right to Buy on housing stock and the market, and what it will mean for housing associations.
Further sessions assessed next steps following Government commitments for the creation of a Brownfield Fund to help make land available for additional housing, and plans to offer 10,000 new homes to rent at below market rates.
Discussion at this conference took place in the context of existing government initiatives to meet demand, including the 2015-18 portion of the HCA Affordable Homes Programme. Delegates also considered the next steps for funding the sustainable development of social housing.
Further sessions assessed the roles of local and national government, the private and third sector, and other groupings in moving forward on social housing, including discussion on next steps for affordable rent, and the future for meeting demand.
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