With the proposed second independence referendum, a devolution review announced and Brexit looming large, the Scottish political landscape is set for change. Hear from our renowned keynote speaker on what he thinks is next – and what it could mean for the economy, public spending and housing.
Keynote speaker: Bill Jamieson, economist, columnist and former executive editor of The Scotsman
The Scottish Government is ‘on track’ to hit its 50,000 affordable homes new build target by 2021. But is it enough? And what happens next? Our panel will consider progress to date, and look beyond the target to what a longer-term housing strategy should be. Collaboration, new ways to deliver, planning, and addressing changing demographics are set to feature.
Investing in communities is an essential part of the housing challenge, with affordability, quality and tenant engagement at the fore. This session will consider the logistical, financial and social considerations around strategic asset management, making existing homes fit for purpose and the role of regeneration.
In what is now a staple of the Social Housing conferences, the director of regulation for the Scottish Housing Regulator will provide a view on the new framework, while delving into the detail around data and reporting, treasury management, sustainable finances and governance, new build and insights from its recent work with RSLs.
Speaker: Ian Brennan, director of regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator
Following on from the regulatory update, this session will cover the history of statutory intervention to date, lessons learned, and what steps RSLs should take to avoid the cost of intervention.
What is the appropriate social and commercial balance to strike as an RSL?
Should the sector be more commercial when it comes to governance? This quick-fire Q&A session will consider topics including assurances and leadership skills, commercial risk, board pay and investor relations.
Despite unprecedented economic and political uncertainty, an increasing number of funders are investing in the Scottish social housing sector. Hear from the investment community on how the market views the sector risk profile, the process of structuring new funding, what they look for when assessing the credit quality of HAs, and how investor objectives compare with those of social landlords.
Partnerships continue to be a growing trend in affordable housing when it comes to delivery, investment models and funding arrangements. This session will explore some of the alternative approaches seen in the sector, including equity models, government partnerships, charitable bonds and joint ventures.
How agile are RSL business plans – and what are organisations doing to stress tests against the unknowns? We hear what’s on the risk map, and what mitigation strategies are in place when it comes to welfare reform and fuel poverty, rising rent levels, value for money and pensions.
A chance for the audience to debate with our panel about the state of social housing and the future role of registered social landlords.
Wrekin Housing Trust
"A good, concentrated opportunity to catch up on key topics in the sector and make contact with colleagues.">
"A good and varied selection of speakers and topics"
“Happy with the short sharp presentations and sessions - there is certainly a lot packed into the day"