Scotland Policy Conferences

Housing policy in Scotland - the Government’s long-term strategy, protecting vulnerable groups, and the new regulatory framework

Morning, Wednesday, 1st April 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will assess the Scottish Government’s strategy for housing and the new framework for regulation.


It is timed:



The conference will consider the new regulatory framework for social housing in Scotland  - and priorities for the Scottish Housing Regulator in fulfilling its objectives of safeguarding and promoting the interests of those who are homeless, tenants of social landlords, or recipients of housing services provided by social landlords.


It also comes with the passage of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 - which aims to increase the amount of house building in Scotland - and as the Scottish Government formulates its approach to the National Planning Framework 4.


Speakers and chairs


There will be keynote addresses from:


  • Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and
  • Ian Brennan, Director of Regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator.

Further speakers include: Moira Bayne, Housing Options Scotland; John Blackwood, Scottish Association of Landlords; Gordon MacRae, Shelter Scotland; John Marr, UK Finance; Susan McDonald, Addleshaw Goddard; Gordon Nelson, Federation of Master Builders; Dr Louise Reid, Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews; Jim Strang, Chartered Institute of Housing; Sally Thomas, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Mike Thornton, Energy Saving Trust; Karen Turner, Rettie & Co. Ltd; and a senior speaker confirmed from Living Rent


The chairs are Graham Simpson MSP, Member, Cross-Party Group on Housing, The Scottish Parliament and David Stewart MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Eradication of Poverty and Social Inequality.


The agenda


  • The Scottish Government’s strategy for housing across Scotland;
  • Assessing Housing to 2040 and the route map: accessibility, affordability and energy efficiency;
  • Meeting Scotland’s housing needs: homelessness, supporting an ageing population, and tackling poverty;
  • Social housing and the private rental sector: balancing the interests of tenants and landlords, improving existing housing stock, and controlling rent increases in the private sector; and
  • The new regulatory framework from the Scottish Housing Regulator: implications for tenants and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).


Keynote Speakers

Aileen Campbell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Ian Brennan

Director of Regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator

Keynote Speakers

Aileen Campbell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Ian Brennan

Director of Regulation, Scottish Housing Regulator

Chair

David Stewart MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Eradication of Poverty and Social Inequality

Speakers

Sally Thomas

Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Moira Bayne

Chief Executive, Housing Options Scotland

Mike Thornton

Group Director, Operations, Energy Saving Trust

Dr Louise Reid

Director, Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews

Jim Strang

President, Chartered Institute of Housing

John Blackwood

Chief Executive, Scottish Association of Landlords

Senior speaker confirmed from Living Rent

Senior speaker from the Scottish Housing Regulator (to be confirmed)

Susan McDonald

Partner, Social Housing, Addleshaw Goddard

Karen Turner

Director of Lettings, Rettie & Co. Ltd