Housing Finance Reform: Seizing the Moment
17 Feb 2011
A Local Government Association event. Held at Government House, Smith Square, London, SW1

This conference provided an invaluable opportunity to consider the challenges ahead and how to prepare for self financing. This included consideration of the long term viability of your business plan, the importance of long term asset management programmes, and the effective transition from the subsidy system to self financing.

As part of helping you prepare for this new challenge the LGA prepared this conference to:

  • Consider the implications of self financing on the sustainability of council housing services
  • Provide an insight into the details behind the clauses in the Localism Bill
  • Provide the chance to hear the latest from the leading experts on housing finance.
  • Give delegates a chance to get a head start on what the implications for self financing will mean for your council. It is an essential conference for any council as they prepare to leave the subsidy system behind.

Programme
10:20
Cllr Mike Haines, Vice Chair, Environment and Housing Programme Board, Local Government Group
Welcome and introduction

10:30
Cllr Gary Porter, Leader South Holland District Council and Chair, Environment and Housing Programme Board, Local Government Group
Financial Independence for Councils - the case for change

10:50
Panel discussion: Views from Councillors
Cllr Frances Roden, Leader of the Council, Stroud District Council; Cllr Chris Naylor, London Borough of Camden; Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor, London Borough of Hackney.

11:05
Joint questions and discussion
11:30
Refreshments break
11:45
Peter Ruback, Head of Local Authority Housing Finance and Decent Homes Division, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
The HRA review – moving forward

12:05
Questions and discussion
12:20
Lunch
13:00
Steve Partridge, Director of Financial Services, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
What you need to consider in planning for self-financing - Expert View

13:20
Questions and discussion
13:30
Workshop 1: Business Planning and financing for housing
Bernadette O’Shea, Chief Exeutive, Hounslow Homes David Horspool, Director of Resources, Cambridge City Council

13:30
Workshop 2: Asset Management Strategies
Ruth Cooke, Finance Director, Midland Heart Housing Association; Michelle Musgrave, Customer & Communities Director, Midland Heart Housing Association; Robert Grundy, Joint Head of Housing Investment Consultancy, Savills

13:30
Workshop 3: Debt Management and financing for housing
Rob Lamb, Director, Public Sector Debt Capital Markets, HSBC Ken Lee, Chair, Housing Finance Panel, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

13:30
Workshop 4: The future of ALMOs in the HRA
Mike Owen, Special Housing Advisor, Cornwall Council

14:30
Panel discussion: Moving to self financing the big issues
Ken Lee, Chair, Housing Finance Panel, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Steve Partridge, Director of Financial Services, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Mike Owen, Special Housing Advisor, Cornwall Council; Scott Dickens, Head of Structured Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Global Capital Financing, HSBC Retained stock.