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Book now for the ARCH Chief Officers' Conference 03/10/2019 Labelled as Development, Scrutiny, Legislation, Regulation

Bookings are being taken for the ARCH Chief Officers Conference being held in conjunction with colleagues at the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and HouseMark, taking place at Scarman House, University of Warwick on 5 and 6 March 2020 (the Conference is postponed from December 2019).


2020 is expected to see major changes in the way in which social housing is managed and regulated and the expectations placed on the sector by tenants and government. Two and a half years on from the Grenfell fire we are beginning to see the Government's plans for social housing materialise. This year's conference will examine what those plans will mean for the future of council housing and stock retained councils and ALMOs.


  • Theresa May's government promised a new generation of council housing, but will Boris Johnson's government stand by that promise and support councils to build? If so how?
  • The government's response to the consultation on the Social Housing Green Paper is expected anytime soon:
    • What will it mean in terms of stronger regulation of the sector and the role of the Regulator of Social Housing?
    • Can we expect to see the introduction of new consumer standards
    • What new Key Performance Indicators will we be expected to collect and report on and can we expect to see the introduction of league tables?
    • How can we ensure the involvement of tenants and residents in decisions about their homes and what are the government's plans for increased consumer redress and the role of the Housing Ombudsman?
    • Will we see a new Decent Homes Standard
    • How can we tackle unfair stigma attached to the sector?
  • As we move into the next phase of implementing Dame Judith Hackitt's review of fire safety what will this mean for the roles and responsibilities of local authority landlords and ALMOs?
    • How can councils discharge their duties to manage safety and what will the role of the Accountable Person and the Building Safety Manager mean for social landlords?
    • What will be the role of the Building Safety Regulator and the new interim Protection Board and how will this relate to the role of the Regulator of Social Housing?   


We will be looking in detail at these and other key questions facing the sector at this crucial time. We have an exciting line up of key speakers at this year's Chief Officer conference to help us understand the issues and find solutions. Speakers include senior officials from the Housing Regulator and the Housing Ombudsman and we will hear from some of our colleagues on the practical responses they are making to address these issues.


The ARCH/NFA Chief Officers' conference is the only national conference dedicated to the role of the stock retained sector and is aimed primarily at Directors of Housing and senior officers in stock retained councils, providing a unique opportunity to network with senior colleagues and get under the skin of housing policy and what it means for the sector. 


ARCH member councils are entitled to one free place at the Chief Officers' Conference for each for each full fee-paying delegate.


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