Programme and Workshops

Conference Programme

08:45 – 09:20: Registration


Registration, networking and access to exhibition with refreshments 

09:30 – 09:40: Introduction


Derek Long, Director – Arc4

09:40 – 10:05: Keynote Address

 

Gill Payne, Director of Policy and Affairs at National Housing Federation

10:05 – 10:30: Keynote Address

 

Julie Fadden, Chief Executive of South Liverpool Homes

 

10:30 – 10:45: Q&A


All your questions answered by our panel of experts

10:45 – 11:15: Break

 

Refreshment break & access to the exhibition

 

11:15 – 12:15: Morning Workshop Sessions

 

  • Workshop A. Anti-Social Behaviour Litigation: Recent developments and current themes before the courts
  • Workshop B. Shared Ownership and Equity – Products and Prospects
  • Workshop C. Resettlement Passport – Promoting tenancy sustainment among vulnerable people
  • Workshop D. Accountancy & VAT Update

 

12:15 – 13:30: Lunch 

 

Networking lunch,access to the exhibition and prize draw.

 

13:30 – 13:45: Charity Presentation:

 

Crisis Skylight Centre Merseyside – 

An overview of the outreach service that works with homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Merseyside.

Chris Hancock, Head of Housing – Crisis UK

 

13:45 – 13:55: Introduction to keynote address

 

Derek Long, Director – Arc4

 

13:55 – 14:20: Keynote Address

 

Paul Smee, Director General at Council for Mortgage Lenders

 

14:20 – 15:05:Panel Session: Homes for All – Ownership vs Rent

 

Our panel of Chief Executives including Bronwen Rapley, Steve Coffey, Michael Birkett and Colette McKune will be sharing their views and a fresh perspective on the challenges facing the sector.

 

15:05 – 16:10: Afternoon Workshop Sessions

 

  • Workshop E. Developing for Private Rent and Outright Sale – Governance, Finance and Taxation Issues
  • Workshop F. Making Development Agreements Work
  • Workshop G. Crossing the Divide: From Regulator to Provider
  • Workshop H. Voluntary Right to Buy

 

16:10 – 17:00: Drinks Reception

 

Drinks reception and networking with Chair’s closing remarks and exhibitor’s prize draws.

17:00: Exhibition Closes

Workshops

Morning Workshop Sessions

Workshop A. Anti-Social Behaviour Litigation: Recent developments and current themes before the courts


Paul Burns, Barrister and Head of the Local Government & Social Housing Department – Exchange Chambers & Josephine Morton, Associate – Brabners LLP

This session will focus in a practical way on key recent developments and current themes before the courts including:

  • Mental Health, Capacity and The Equality Act in injunction and possession claims
  • The extended discretion in Possession claims following City West Housing Trust v Massey & Manchester and District Housing Trust v Roberts [2016] EWCA Civ 704
  • Article 8 ECHR and possession claims for private registered providers and private landlords

Workshop B. Shared Ownership and Equity – Products and Prospects
Helen Brzozowski, Managing Director – arc4

Highly experienced market analyst and home ownership product designer, Helen Brzozowski will detail the range of shared ownership and equity products and dissect their prospects in a rapidly changing market.


Workshop C. Resettlement Passport – Promoting tenancy sustainment among vulnerable people
Hannah McCowen, Resettlement Passport Co-ordinator – Local Solutions

The Resettlement Passport is an initiative promoting tenancy sustainment which has been endorsed by 8 Merseyside Housing Associations, aimed at giving vulnerable tenants and prospective tenants the skills and confidence to manage a tenancy successfully.

Developed by staff working with homeless young people from a Merseyside charity, the tenancy skills course is now being used widely by mental health services, leaving care teams, youth offending services and hostels.

This workshop will explore the story so far, the impact to date and demonstrate the new online version of the course.


Workshop D. Taxation & VAT Update
Ros Clarke, Senior Tax Manager and Alison Birch, Senior VAT Manager – Mitchell Charlesworth

Housing associations should review their activities on a regular basis to ensure they are compliant and efficient.

Many housing associations are charities and their income and expenditure should be reviewed to ensure they continue to qualify as exempt from corporation tax.

With the diversity of modern day housing associations, there is a significant risk that some of their activities are taxable. Similarly, from a VAT perspective, housing associations should ensure that they are taking advantage of the reliefs available to them and that they are minimising their VAT leakage.

This session will also include a Q&A for other VAT and Corporation Tax issues.


Afternoon Workshop Sessions

Workshop E. Developing for Private Rent and Outright Sale – Governance, Finance and Taxation Issues
Clive Eccleston, Senior Consultant – DTP (David Tolson Partnership), Tony Harper, Partner – Brabners LLP, Graeme Hughes, Associate – Brabners LLP

Clive, Tony and Graeme will be discussing –

  • The financial issues around both build for sale and market – the type of funding required, attitude of lenders etc.
  • Charitable and legal issues that need to be considered
  • Regulatory / legal aspects that could also be introduced.
  • A hypothetical worked example to show how market rent could work

Workshop F. Making Development Agreements Work
Ian Hardman, Partner – Brabners LLP,  Richard Hough, Partner – Brabners LLP, Peter Barlow, Partner – Brabners LLP and Kate Ellison, Development Manager – Liverpool Mutual Homes

A practical overview of the key issues for social housing providers procuring development works through development agreements.
Issues that will be addressed include:

  • Whether development agreements are public works contracts and how to effectively manage this
  • Properly co-ordinating a purchase contract for the land with the development agreement
  • What security is available to ensure the satisfactory performance of the developer
  • Dealing with the payment of development costs
  • The construction documentation – building contract, professional appointments and warranties”

Workshop G. Crossing the Divide: From Regulator to Provider
Bronwen Rapley, Chief Executive – Symphony Housing Group

Bronwen will reflect on what she has learnt from her time in Regulation and coming back into the sector, and what other providers might like to look out for.


Workshop H. Voluntary Right to Buy
Hugh Owen, Director of Policy and Communication – Riverside

This session will explore the learning that has been gained by the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot scheme, launched in the wake of the voluntary deal between sector and government. How much interest has there been? Who is applying and seeing purchase through to completion? And how can housing associations best prepare themselves for the scheme.

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