Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for housing policy in Wales - supply, renting and affordability

Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Central Cardiff

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will bring together key policymakers with stakeholders including developers, housing associations, local authorities, mortgage lenders, surveyors and planning lawyers, charities and academics with an interest in this area to discuss key housing policy priorities for the new Welsh Government.

Delegates will discuss the challenges for delivering key Welsh Government pledges including building an additional 20,000 affordable homes a year, ending ‘Right to Buy’ and introducing a new ‘Rent to Own’ model. They will also consider other steps that might be taken to improve supply including addressing concerns of so-called ‘landbanking’; extending the ‘Houses into Homes’ scheme for converting empty homes and the particular issue of supply of housing for older people. Professor Judith Phillips, Chair of the Welsh Government’s Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population will be discussing the groups’ initial findings at the seminar.

The conference also comes ahead of the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 which introduces new forms of tenancy and new requirements from landlords. Delegates will assess the challenges for putting the Act’s requirements into practice, for enforcing it, and wider challenges in the rental market. Access to finance will also be discussed including examining the impact of Help to Buy Wales so far and the likely effects of the UK-wide Help to Buy ISA scheme.


Guest of Honour

Professor Judith Phillips

Deputy Principal, University of Stirling and Chair, Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population

Guest of Honour

Professor Judith Phillips

Deputy Principal, University of Stirling and Chair, Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population

Keynote Speaker

John Griffiths AM

Chair, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Chair

Siân Gwenllian AM

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, the Welsh Language, Equalities and Planning

Speakers

Sharon Hughes

Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Hafan Cymru

Simon Coop

Planning Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Steve Clarke

Managing Director, Welsh Tenants

Douglas Haig

Vice-Chairman and Director for Wales, Residential Landlords Association

Richard Price

Land and Planning Director, South Wales, Taylor Wimpey

Bethan Jones

Operational Manager, Rent Smart Wales

Robin Staines

Head of Housing and Public Protection, Carmarthenshire County Council and Chair, Welsh Government’s Housing Supply Task Force 2013-14

Shane Perkins

Chief Executive, Mid-Wales Housing Association

John Marr

Senior Policy Adviser, Council of Mortgage Lenders

Peter Quinn

Business Development Director, Lovells

Kathryn Edwards

Managing Director, Homes and Communities, Pobl Group