ResPublica hosted a full day 'thought leaders' conference, entitled 'Raising the Roof', which explored and identified a new 'social bar' for housing associations, setting out the sector's ambitions for the future.
context of the
Localism and Social Value Acts, and the
enormous transformations in welfare and public sector provision, the
conference set out to discuss a new agenda for the
role of housing associations in the
UK. Discussions built on three of ResPublica’s reports: At the Crossroads: A progressive future for housing associations
, which set out a radical new vision for the
affordable housing sector, Acting on Localism
, which explored out how housing associations can act as vehicles for community ambition, and Responsible Recovery
, which focussed on housing providers’ central role as catalysts for local economies.
The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society made a keynote speech, followed by five panel sessions discussing topical issues, including:
Innovation and Regulation in Social Housing
Home is Where the Health is: Local approaches to health and well-being
Boosting the Social Economy: Investment and innovation
Place Based Growth: Boosting local economies, transforming place
The Future of Employment: Skilling up the next generation
The event drew together leading politicians, policy makers, academics and practitioners setting out new challenges and fresh opportunities for the affordable housing sector in the run up to the next election.
Panellists included: Chris White MP, Sponsor of the Social Value Act; Nadhim Zahawi MP, Member of the BIS Special Committee; Matthew Bailes, Director of Regulation, HCA; Indy Johar, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, The Hub; Mike Emmerich, Chief Executive, Commission for the New Economy; Stephen Evans, Director for Skills and Employment, Working Links, Stephanie Burras, Founder and Chief Executive, Ahead Partnership and Board Member of Leeds City Area LEP; Martin Bright, Political Editor, The Jewish Chronicle; Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (invited) and Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society (invited), as well as a number of practitioners in the sectors of social economy, employment, innovation, health and social care.