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Annual Conference


Reform, Risk and Reward

At Home Connections 2012 we will cover and debate the issues that matter most in the housing sector and equip colleagues with insight, case study and practical advice to use in their work throughout 2012/13.

2012 ushers in the most sweeping reforms to the public sector landscape since the inception of the welfare state, with sustained change to come in 2013 and 2014. Debate ranges about the thrust and content of these changes from Localism, HRA Reform through to the overall benefit cap:

Booking Now Closed! 

 9:00-9:45 Registration, Tea, Coffee, Networking
 Morning Session

Chairs introduction
Conference Keynote
Launch of the New Homeless London- Matt Harrison, Interim CEO, Homeless Link
View Matt’s Profile
Tenure Reform – The Local Authority Perspective?- James Murray, Executive Member for Housing and Development, LB Islington will be assessing the risks of the Affordable Rent Product and outlining Islington’s plans of capital and land investment for delivering their vision of affordable renting.
View James’ Profile
What you will get from the session
New insight on funding models
Case Study of use of the New Homes Bonus
New resources to support London’s homeless
Debate on Affordable Rent and Grant Shapps’ announcement of funding post 2015

 Tea and Coffee followed by the mid-morning Session
Welfare Reform – What should we be doing in 2012?

Chair Patrick Odling-Smee, Director of Housing London Borough of Islington
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Context- Alan Sullivan, Managing Consultant, Performance Development Team, Housing Delivery Division, Contracted Customer Services Directorate, DWP
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Phil Harris,Deputy Director for Community Housing Services , LB Haringey
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Out of London perspective
What you will get from the session
The latest on welfare reform changes and universal credit
Examples of good practice for safeguarding children and families through this transitional period
Strategies to mitigate the impact of welfare reform
Insight into the challenges posed by inward and outward migration

 Lunch followed by the Afternoon Session
Localism, Collaboration and Communities

Chairs Introduction to Session-Tim Brown, Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, De Montfort University
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Clare Richmond, Director, Speak To Director – can locally driven collaborations between communities, business and local government be a stimulus for growth
View Clare’s Profile           Watch Clare being interviewed for Sky News
What you will get from the session
New perspectives on working in the community, with business and local government
Fresh insight into the regeneration of town centres and the cloning of high streets
Deeper understanding of what Localism means and its potential

 Tea and Coffee followed by the mid afternoon Session
New challenges in Housing need new ideas!

Housingmoves – Alan Benson, Head of Housing, Greater London Authority
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Preparing for the Size Criteria- What are the Housing Options- Melanie Rees, Adviser-Making Best Use of Stock Team CIH
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New Approaches to tackling under-occupationan innovative study – Duncan Howard , London Region Director, Southern Housing Group
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Making Mobility WorkMike Ward, Director of Housing Growth & Mobility, Circle Housing Group
What you will get from the session
Practical case study you can use in your work in 2012
Hands on Q&A
Upbeat reportage from the Citywide colloboration between 32 boroughs, registered providers and the City of London on housingmoves
New perspectives on mobility

 16:30-18:00 Drink Reception & Networking

Benefits of Attending
  • Gain Insight into Welfare Reform strategies and the  impact of reform.
  • Listen to the debates from speakers implementing welfare reform strategies on the frontline from both perspectives.
  • Obtain best practice advice and guidance.
  • Hear the latest from innovative pan-London services including thehousingmoves mobility scheme (GLA) and Under-occupation pilots (G15).
  • Discover more about what localism can mean in your area from our expert panel.
  • Explore what action you can take to prepare for the challenges ahead.
  • Share ideas and experiences with colleagues and fellow professionals.

Sponsorship and Exhibition: We offer a range of flexible packages which offer your organisation a marketing, networking and communication platform. Register for sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities!

For further information about this event, please visit our conference website
Contact: Paul Robson on 0207 281 8181  or  Anita Liu on anita.liu@home-connections.co.uk.  

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