Webinar: Affordable housing – pressures; innovations and impacts: Social value


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The final webinar in this series discussed how any effective housing solution is able to secure social value outcomes and impact on the local community.

The affordable housing sector has a number of policy demands placed upon it; addressing the housing crisis (delivery of a new-build pipeline) and the climate crisis (adopting net zero carbon measures) as well as maintaining homes to a "decent" standard and undertaking works required by the upcoming Building Safety legislation.

None of these policy demands are cheap or easily delivered: but there are common features to possible effective solutions: solutions that are fit for the 21st century; that improve, upskill and modernise our construction industry; and that avoid the problems created by procurement solutions based on lowest price and "a race to the bottom". In turn, such solutions adopted by the affordable housing sector must be cognisant of the impact they have on the people that live in the homes created, and the wider community.

Our Autumn webinar series will run bi-weekly, exploring different parts of a potential solution to the demands faced in the affordable housing sector, bringing together key sector experts for in-depth conversations.

The final webinar in this series discussed how any effective housing solution is able to secure social value outcomes and impact on the local community.

Andrew van Doorn and Fiona MacGregor have driven/supported the work of the Social Value in Housing Taskforce and its Road Map. Andrew talked about the role of HACT in encouraging housing providers to understand the impact they make as anchor institutions on the lives of local people and communities and how robust measurement of social value outcomes is key in understanding value creation. Fiona focused on the role of the Regulator and how community impact plays a role in the Regulatory Framework.

Speakers included:

  • Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT
  • Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing
  • Tonia Secker, Head of Affordable Housing, Trowers & Hamlins

The HACT-social value roadmap document to which Andrew referred during the webinar can be viewed here.

The webinar recording can be viewed below:

To view the recordings from the other webinars in this series, click the below links:

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