- 15 November 2017
- 10:00 - 16:00
- DLA Piper LLP, London
134 Edmund St, Birmingham B3 2ES
The announcement by the Prime Minister of the Government’s plans to invest an additional £2bn in affordable housing has been met with a mixed response. Some commentators have welcomed the commitment, seeing it as an acceptance by the Government of the argument that councils have to be part of the solution to the UK’s chronic housing shortage. However, the announcement must be considered in context, particularly in the light of the proposals set out in the Housing White Paper. In his statement on the Paper, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP said “First, we need to plan properly so we get the right homes built in the right places…The second area of focus is all about speeding up the rate of build-out…Finally, the white paper explains how we will diversify the housing market”. Clearly, these points must be dealt with first.
As the sector continues to navigate the turbulent waters of housing policy, local authorities need to look creatively at how they can achieve the current administration’s objective of ‘getting government back into the business of building houses’. If councils are to resume their historic role as a major provider of affordable housing, how best can local authorities ensure that they provide savings, whilst simultaneously delivering investment in both new and existing homes?
The LLG Legal Training Housing Conference 2017 will deliver a topical, varied programme of sessions with a focus on exploring some of the ways that local authorities can realise this aim. The Conference will include an insight from Birmingham City Council’s Head of Development, Clive Skidmore, on how the Council is delivering new homes for social/affordable rent, open market sale and market rent. Sessions will also include a comparison of different models for developing new houses, an overview of current housing legislation and policy including the Housing White Paper, and an update on the current position in relation to fixed term and flexible tenancies.
28 November 2017 | 10:00 - 16:30
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