ARCH annual Chief Officers Conference and AGM, 4th and 5th March 2021 08/10/2020 Labelled as Development, Scrutiny, Legislation, Regulation

Planning is underway for the 2021 annual Chief Officer conference (incorporating the ARCH AGM) to be held on 4th and 5th March 2021.


Unsurprisingly, with Covid restrictions still in place and parts of the country under local lockdown, the 2021 event is expected to take on a different format. We are planning on the basis of an online conference but if circumstances allow will revert to our normal conference venue and format.


Whether online or in person the annual Chief Officers Conference, to be held again in collaboration with our colleagues at the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA), will bring you the opportunity for discussion, debate and networking and provide valuable insight from key speakers on a range of topics.


Covid-19 has presented the sector with huge challenges and local authorities and ALMOs have responded to those challenges to help to tackle rough sleeping during lockdown, developing new and innovative means of working to maintain services and help support their tenants and residents during the crisis.


In the meantime, the Government have pressed ahead with substantial reforms including the introduction of the Fire Safety and Building Safety Bills, proposals for significant reform of the planning system outlined in the Planning White Paper and the launch of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.


We have seen the Housing Ombudsman introduce significant reforms to the Ombudsman Scheme and the introduction of a new Complaint Handling Code.


The Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire continues, and the Secretary of State has promised to bring forward the long-awaited Social Housing Green Paper before the end of the year already indicating that reforms will include further measures to empower tenants and provide greater redress, better regulation and improve the quality of social housing.


2021 promises to be a key year for the sector and delegates at the 2021 Chief Officer Conference can expect key insights from leaders in the housing world and local and central government as we examine and address these and other key topics facing the sector.


We will publish further details of the programme and how to register for the 2021 Chief Officer Conference in due course, in the meantime save the dates in your diary: Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March 2021.

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