Social Housing Challenges come under the spotlight at NW Housing Conference


The annual North West Housing Conference returns to Liverpool later this month, when delegates will hear from sector specialists on the range of challenges currently faced by social housing providers.

Mitchell Charlesworth and Brabners, both advisors to the social housing sector, are once again presenting the North West Housing Conference, which takes place on Friday 22 November 2013 at Liverpool's BT Convention Centre.

The Conference, entitled “Beyond Bricks & Mortar”  features keynote speakers Nick Atkin, Chief Executive of Halton Housing Trust; Chris Jones, Group Head of Tax & treasury at Places for People; Ann O'Byrne, councillor for Warbreck and cabinet member for housing, Liverpool City Council; and Paul Beardmore, director of housing at Manchester City Council.

Rob Warm, Head of External Affairs and Member Relations at the National Housing Federation will chair the event.

The Government's Welfare Reform programme, the shortage of affordable housing and local government service cuts will all come under the spotlight as challenges currently facing the social housing sector.
The North West Housing Conference will also explore developments in policy and strategy, examine the economic realities facing the sector and consider the impact of spending cuts.

Social housing specialists will also present a series of workshops, offering practical advice on a range of topics specific to the sector including housing management, finance, development issues, the European Funding Programme, wellbeing and welfare reform.

Paul Wainwright, partner and social housing specialist at Mitchell Charlesworth, said: "Keeping up to date with changes in the current climate will be key for registered providers to continue to develop and manage properties in a cost efficient and socially acceptable manner and the range of topics covered in the conference will help to achieve this."

Alistair Fletcher, partner at Brabners and head of one of the largest social housing specialist legal teams in the North West, said: "These are challenging times for registered providers, particularly as the changes to welfare benefits begin to bite.

"However, they do present opportunities for those providers that are ready, and willing, to adapt and innovate. Now is the time to look beyond bricks and mortar and embrace new ways of working."

Mitchell Charlesworth and Brabners are hosting the conference with financial and tactical support from a project group made up of Liverpool Mutual Homes, Plus Dane Group, Symphony Housing Group, The Regenda Group and Your Housing Group, and partners Maxmedia and Procure Plus.

The conference, which is aimed at registered providers, housing professionals, local authorities and other related businesses, is returning following the resounding success of last year’s event which saw more than 150 delegates and 20 exhibitors attend from across the UK.

The North West Housing Conference will take place at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront on Friday 22 November 2013. Further information, booking details and workshop choices can be found here. You can keep up to date with news leading up to the conference via Twitter: @NWHousingConf

This article can also be read at Place North West.

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