Westminster Social Policy Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Next steps for affordable housing in England - policy, planning, delivery and design


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is bringing together key stakeholders with policymakers to assess the next steps for affordable housing in England.

Key areas for discussion:

Priorities for implementing the affordable homes programme and how affordable housing fits into wider government homebuilding plans;

  • The impact of the Public Land for Housing Programme;
  • What more should be done to ensure the infrastructure is in place to support the development of new homes;
  • Priorities for the forthcoming Accelerated Planning White Paper - including plans for simplifying planning permission guidance so commercial buildings can be replaced with housing more efficiently;
  • Changes to Permitted Development Rights (PDRs) and government priorities for improving the quality of affordable housing; and
  • Next steps for making home ownership more affordable.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • The Chancellor confirming the new and enlarged affordable homes programme will receive a further £3bn in investment, equating to a new multi-year settlement worth £12bn;
  • The Planning White Paper outlined in the Queen’s Speech - which will set out government plans aimed at streamlining and speeding up the planning system;
  • MHCLG’s plans for housing and planning stating that a new housing strategy is coming later this year - expected to detail long-term plans for affordability and delivery;
  • Homes England announcing recent land acquisitions means it can deliver an extra 5,000 new homes across England - 30 percent of which are expected to be affordable; and
  • The Government releasing a series of policies designed to make home ownership more affordable - including:

The agenda:

  • Affordable housing in England - the policy landscape and priorities for the future;
  • Defining affordability and engaging with the private sector in the delivery of social housing;
  • Priorities for local authorities - innovation, affordability and key issues for the planning system;
  • Prioritising design in the planning process and the Building Better, Building Beautiful vision;
  • Addressing the funding challenges of delivering affordable homes - investment, innovative and local housing companies;
  • Ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support new developments and housing as an infrastructure priority; and
  • Priorities for accelerating the delivery of affordable housing - practicalities, planning, quality of homes and supporting local growth.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library and by a range of officials from the MHCLG and Homes England; as well as BEIS; the Ministry of Justice; the Government Legal Department; the Government Legal Organisation; the Cabinet Office; the Civil Service; the Crown Commercial Service; the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for International Trade.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Social Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates