Debate

The Future of Social Housing

Organised with Southwark Council

There is a national debate to be had on the role of social housing in our places that goes over and above political cycles. The drivers for building social housing have changed in the last 50 years, with developments now being seen as more than just a response to individual need. Local government can now source lucrative revenue streams, modify community make-up and drive economic regeneration through house-building.

With the construction of social housing currently outstripping that of private, local government must consider how we can turn this to our advantage both economically and socially. What kind of homes do we need to create given the changing demographic and make-up of today’s families? And how do we manage housing demand in a world where private rents are increasing? These are just a couple of the questions we hope to address through a panel debate. We will also consider the implications of new government policies, such as the bedroom tax, on the future homes that we build.

This event will bring together 30-40 local government executives, housing policymakers and relevant stakeholders from the voluntary and community sector. The event will be followed by an opportunity for delegates to network.

Speakers
Cllr Andrew Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Alan Benson, Head of Housing, Greater London Authority
Cllr Peter John, Leader, Southwark Council
Graham Duncan, Deputy Director, Housing Growth and Affordable Housing, DCLG
Abigail Davies, Assistant Director of Policy & Practice, Chartered Institute of Housing
Catherine Ryder, Investment Leader, National Housing Federation

Chair
Emma Burnell, Head of External Affairs, NLGN

Social Housing