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17 May 2016

Housing Services Summit To Take Place At The Point

A major conference for people working in the social housing sector is to take place at Emirates Old Trafford later this month.

The event, organised by conference and training provider Salford Professional Development, is expected to attract around 200 delegates from across the country.

It will take place at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, from 9am-4.30pm on Thursday, May 26.

A range of experts will give their views on how the sector can adapt to social housing and welfare reforms.

The speakers will include David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation; Tracy Langton of Northwards Housing; Ed Wallace from Viridian Housing; Emily Ward, of Richmond Housing Partnerships, and Angela Lomax, a director of the David Tolson Partnership.

The conference will be chaired by Dr Anya Ahmed, a senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Salford.

David Hall, chief operating officer of SPD, said: “This is our first National Housing Services Conference and we are seeing strong interest from around the country.

“Recent government legislative and policy reforms have created new challenges for social housing providers, ranging from managing rental income to integrating housing with other welfare services.

“Maintaining efficiency and economy is paramount to the success operation of housing providers’ business. However, ensuring the welfare of customers remains a central concern.

“Delegates will learn about how the changes affect the social housing sector and how it can use these opportunities to make positive changes for the benefit of residents, themselves and society as a whole.”

Almost five million homes in the UK are rented from registered social landlords and the sector has undergone significant recent change.

From April, housing associations have had to cut social housing rent by one per cent a year. The move to universal credit by 2017 means that social housing tenants will be responsible for making rent payments rather than it being paid directly to the landlord. Meanwhile, the so-called Bedroom Tax has proved a controversial measure.

Visit http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/housing-services-conference for more information about the conference or to book your place.