Event: ‘What is the future of social housing?’ Co-hosted by APPG on Poverty and APPG on Housing & Planning

Posted on 03 Oct 2016 under News

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 14.15-16.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Tea & coffee available from 14.00.

What is the future of social housing? 

Most commentators now agree that the shortage of housing in the UK is reaching crisis proportions, with rental costs rising sharply and those on low incomes particularly seriously affected. The aim of this event is to explore how we got to this point and what the government, housing providers and the planning system can do to address the problem. In particular, the event will examine what is meant by ‘social housing’ and what role it should play in the future.


Eventbrite - 'What is the future of social housing?' Co-hosted by APPG on Poverty and APPG on Housing & Planning


  • Toby Lloyd, Head of Policy at Shelter. Toby will open the discussion with an assessment of  ‘How we got here’, using his informed analysis of the history of social housing
  • James Gregory, Senior Research Fellow, Future of Social Housing Project, University of Birmingham. James will discuss his Webb Memorial Trust-funded research into a hybrid housing model alongside housing expert, Peter Redman, who has calculated the finances for this model
  • Rachel Fisher, Head of Policy (Delivering Great Homes theme), National Housing Federation. Rachel will speak about the changing environment facing the housing association sector and the house-building proposals the National Housing Federation has put to the government
  • Robert Grundy, Head of Housing, Savills. Robert will bring the perspective of the property development sector with a focus on what can be done to build greater numbers of affordable homes
  • Betsy Dillner, Director of Generation Rent. Betsy will outline Generation Rent’s advocacy work on security and quality of tenancy and housing options for low-income households
  • Hugh Ellis, Interim Chief Executive & Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association. Hugh will discuss the TCPA’s ongoing work on ‘Planning for the Future – Learning from the Past’

Chair: Helen Hayes MP, Member of Parliament for Dulwich & West Norwood, former town planner

Co-hosted by Kevin Hollinrake MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty (supported by the Webb Memorial Trust) and James Cartlidge MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing & Planning (supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) 

Please arrive at the Houses of Parliament by 13.45 in order to clear security. You may be asked for ID. Information about visiting Parliament can be found hereTea & coffee available from 14.00.