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Raising the Roof: A new social bar for housing associations

16th July 2013
  • ResPublica

A ResPublica thought leaders conference

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.

In the 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.


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