Day 1 | CIH Housing 2017 Conference

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Venn GroupNo comments

At the first day of the CIH Housing 2017 conference yesterday I was able to attend an address given by Tuesday’s “highlight” keynote speaker Andy Burnham.  Not only did the Mayor of Greater Manchester share his vision on solving the housing crisis and ending homelessness, he also identified what he felt was wrong with housing policy within the UK today.


Following recent events it is clear the country is currently facing a housing crisis, with less focus on sustainability, affordability and safer homes within the community.   Mr Burnham talked of how we need to shift our focus from what he calls a “developer-led” way of working to place-making more on a partnership basis and at a local level.   In a recent article in the Guardian, Burnham’s campaign manager, Andrew Gwynne, commented that Greater Manchester has the most advanced devolution deal.  With that in mind the Mayor talked of his hopes to regenerate town centres and expand rent-to-own schemes.    He also challenged the lack of focus previously on the private rented sector, stating his plans to bring in a Good Landlords Scheme in Manchester to address those not meeting decent homes standards.


There was a lot of optimism about the sector throughout the day, with Mr Burnham, in particular, commenting on there being “some hope on the horizon” in the form of devolution.  The team and I relished the opportunity to share discussions with clients, candidates and fellow exhibitors throughout the day and witnessed a number of ideas with the potential to take the sector forward.


We’ll once again be at stand B49 today located close to #TheFringe, with an iPad and champagne up for grabs in our prize draw.  We’re forever keen to share views and ideas to help shape the sector.  Do come and pay us a visit.  We look forward to seeing you.


Lynne Nicoll, Venn Group

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