Coverage from ResPublica's full day 'thought leaders' conference entitled 'Raising the Roof', at Home House, July 16th 2013. The conference 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