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Stock Retained Councils Conference

Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 10:30 - Friday, 5 December 2014 at 14:00 (GMT)

Stock Retained Councils Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
Non ARCH Member - Full conference attendance with dinner, entertainment and 1 night accommodation Ended £350.00 £0.00 £70.00
ARCH Member
ARCH Member - ARCH members are entitled to a second free place courtesy of ARCH when purchasing a full delegate conference ticket.
Ended £350.00 £0.00 £70.00
ARCH Member - free place
ARCH Member - If you have purchased a full price ticket please enter you free delegate place here.
Ended Free £0.00 £0.00

Event Details

Stock retaining authorities’ conference 2014 in association with ARCH 


This year’s conference will look at policy, business performance and investing in new and existing property. There will be workshop sessions on the private-rented sector, social enterprise and legal updates. Welfare reform and the economy are still at the top of the sector’s agenda and this conference aims to provide delegates with expertise in these areas from within the sector, as well as providing the opportunity to network with other stock retaining senior staff.

Day 1 - Thursday 4 December

10.30am - Registration and refreshements

11.00am - Chair's welcome and introduction

Samantha McGrady, Chief Operating Officer, HouseMark

11.05am - The policy perspective: local authority housing

Terrie Alafat, Director of Housing Growth and Affordable Housing, DCLG Gavin Smart, Director of Policy & Practice, CIH"

In this opening session we will provide delegates with:
  • insight to current government thinking about housing priorities and the local authority role
  • where housing policy might be going
  • how best to make the case for local authority housing

12.05pm - High Performance Business Planning

Simon Smith, Assistant Director (Financial Consultancy), CIH consultancy

Simon will explore the latest developments around business planning. Focusing on:
  • what high performance business plans now look like
  • how organisations are collecting, analysing and using the financial data they hold
  • how they are using forecasting, assumptions and comparative data models to identify improvements
  • how they are factoring in risks and market developments
  • using PlanForm to provide comparative business assurance

12.50pm - Lunch

1.45pm - Workshop breakout sessions

1) Let’s build: the practicalities of setting up a subsidiary

Phil Gallagher, Head of Investment, Gateshead Housing

In this session Phil will cover:
  • why set-up a charitable subsidiary to deliver new build?
  • how the model has developed to meet the changing demands of the Council, tenants and regulator
  • lessons learnt

2) Time trial: spending RTB receipts quickly

Simon Smith, Assistant Director (Financial Consultancy), CIH consultancy

‘Bureaucratic and inflexible’ are some of the politer terms used to describe the government’s scheme for the reinvestment of the ‘additional’ receipts generated through the reinvigorated RTB. ‘hamstrung’ is another term frequently used. If this applies to you, Simon will be talking through the various options available but please come prepared to ‘show and tell’.

3) A successful social enterprise

Dr Adam Richards, FRC Group

How do you set up and sustain a commercially successful community enterprise? And how do you prove the social impact of what you do? We find out from Verity.

2.45pm - Getting a grip on asset management

Adrian Waite, Managing Director of AWICS Limited

In the light of the borrowing cap and tough conditions for acquiring social housing grant, this session will look at:
  • what does the government expect on asset management from local authorities?
  • asset management plans and the impact on them of the borrowing limit and depreciation accounting
  • achieving the decent homes standard with reduced or insufficient capital resources
  • achieving new build and the potential of delivery vehicles and joint ventures
  • developing sustainable investment programmes
  • asset performance – sustaining demand, investment and disposals
  • performance Management – understanding and measuring return on investment

3.30pm - Refreshment break

3.45pm - ARCH update and Q & A session

Paul Price, Corporate Director, Tendring District Council

  • ARCH update
  • plans going forward
  • Q & A - What can ARCH do for you?

4.15pm - 2020 Vision: the council of Christmas Future

Emma Maier, Editor, Inside Housing and formerly Local Government Chronicle Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Haringey Council 

  • what might councils look like and do in 2020 (and beyond)
  • within that vision, what is the role of local authority housing services as strategic enabler, social housing provider and, increasingly, community service provider
  • what is the local authority offer to central government and how should it be made?

5.15pm - Close of day one

7.15pm - Drinks in the bar

7.45pm - Dinner and entertainment


Day 2 - Friday 5 December Breakfast served in the restaurant - please check out of your hotel room

9.30am - Universal Credit – Progress report

James Wolf, Deputy Director, Universal Credit Policy - Department for Work & Pensions
Nicoya Palastanga, Welfare Reform Project Manager - West Lindsey District Council
Dave McKenlay - Melton Borough Council 

This welfare reform panel session will focus on Universal Credit, the next big challenge for our sector. As well as the government view, we will hear from a housing association and a local authority involved in the roll-out, to gain their perspectives:
  • how the roll-out is progressing – how well are the new process designs working?
  • how risks are being managed, and how realistic original risk assessments were
  • resource and skills implications
  • impact on income and business plans
  • lessons to pass on to others

10.30am - Workshop breakout sessions

1) Too good to be true? Better private rented standards and a return on investment

Simon Martin, Director, Savills 

The state of the PRS has become a national concern and the future looks even bleaker for the general fund. Find out how these two unrelated threats to local well-being present an opportunity for local authorities prepared to invest in building to let at market rates, securing a long-term income stream, capital growth and better PRS standards. Simon walks us through the business model.

2) Data protection hot topics

David Hall, Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

David will explore:
  • ICO's Spring 2014 report on the social housing sector
  • data security for social landlords in the light of the reported breach by South Staffordshire Housing Association
  • enforced Data Subject Access, which becomes a criminal offence from Monday 1 December 2014
  • propsed EU Data Protection Regulation: key points for local authorities

11.30am - Refreshment break

11.45am - World class customer service

Oke Eleazu, Former Director Customer Service, Sainsbury’s

  • how customer expectation is evolving and the role of digital in this
  • what are the implications on retail businesses?
  • what strategies could be employed to engage customers in a digital world?

12.45pm - Close and lunch prior to departure

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When & Where

Coventry - CV4 7AL

United Kingdom

Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 10:30 - Friday, 5 December 2014 at 14:00 (GMT)

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