2017 CIH CONFERENCE PREVIEW

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JV North Chairman, Nigel Wilson, previews this year’s CIH Conference taking place in Manchester between June 27 – 29.

The new Housing Minister’s address to the CIH Conference will be critical in setting out the immediate future for the sector.

From there, all else follows.

Gavin Barwell listened and attempted to move the agenda forward in his brief stay in the post.

We asked him and Government to take a more rounded approach to tenancies and recognise the importance of affordable rent and this largely happened.

I hope the approach and such policies that Mr Barwell set out are seen through by his successor, Alok Sharma.

If we are to make serious strides in addressing the housing shortage then we need to have a stable base and be able to plan long-term with our strategies and business plans in unison working to meet specific Government targets.

This starts with Whitehall and the Housing Minister’s post itself – Mr Sharma is the sixth in seven years and fifteenth since the turn of the century.

This makes it almost impossible for Ministers to understand the history of the sector, the challenges and develop meaningful relationships with key personnel.

It is vital the Government continues to listen to the sector and work with us to harness the expertise we have from decades of experience rather than months in the job.

Tapping into this rich resource will be crucial if the Government is to get the sector’s next big issue right; the LHA cap for supported housing.