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Why Local Authorities and HA’s need to collaborate

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

Thank you 24 housing www.24housing.co.uk and Bill Tanner for the fabulous review of our Local Authority Seminar.

Seminar hears sector should ‘grow up’ over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies.

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The sector needs go ‘grown up’ over the potential for turf conflicts between housing associations and council housing companies, a seminar heard.

Talk should, the seminar heard, turn to prospects for collaboration between both on a new generation of social housing.

The SDS hosted seminar – specifically for councils – collated emerging evidence of what it takes to get councils building homes again – and how.

Key sector speakers explored issues including local housing companies, HRA new build, use of Right to Buy receipts, and shared ownership.

The latter, the seminar heard, offered council housing companies an advantage over associations in allowing local buy stipulations – as associations became “increasingly corporate and expansionist”.

Associations, in turn, claimed councils had the “wrong culture” for shared ownership, the seminar heard.

Consultant Greg Warner-Harris said shared ownership terms offered by council housing companies should be as close as possible to buying on the open market.

The future, he said, could see council housing companies sub-contracting shared ownership products to associations.

Fifty-eight council housing companies have been set up since 2012 – 41 within the past two years and 30 over 2017.

The seminar heard those numbers had to be set against development time-frames before realistic assessment could be made of delivery.

Much now depended on the government’s response to the growth of council housing companies as to how far and fast such companies could grow.

And there was, the seminar heard, simmering government concern at risks associated with council investment and impact on housing delivery.

If councils were, as the seminar heard, the new housing associations, they had to beware the ‘false promise’ of HRA self-funding if considering a housing company and not set a company because “everyone else was doing it”.

A pitch specifically made with smaller councils in mind.

Also explored were the need for specialist recruitment to housing companies, assessment of legalities, political imperatives such as keeping scrutiny committees on side and the part modular build could play in delivering a new generation of social housing.

As reported by 24housing, the seminar was set against the budget announcement of £1bn added borrowing for HRA new build in high demand areas, and a newly released report on investment in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) that opened channels for councils, developers and investors to work alongside each other on next generation of private rented housing.

 

The original article can be found at http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/councils-and-housing-associations-urged-to-collaborate-over-new-homes/

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Laura Matthews

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Laura is SDS Marketing Manager specialising in digital, social and content marketing. Her passion for helping people in all aspects of marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage she provides. Her work involves overseeing all aspects of SDS marketing including online, offline and events. Promoting; development appraisal, land valuation, development viability amongst many other areas.

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SDS eLearning for ProVal and Sequel

SDS is thrilled to announce we have launched e-learning for ProVal LS and Sequel, to train our clients on the administration and end-user areas of our software packages.

This means we can provide the full training curriculum delivered through a live online GoToTraining package.

Just like face to face classroom training, you can still raise your hand when you need to ask a question.

The training is very interactive with a chance to participate in discussions, completing exercises and hands-on experience using the software. Users will experience the software in a virtual classroom where they will quickly learn how to navigate the systems and best practice methods to complete projects and appraisals.

There are numerous benefits to e-learning:

  • Learners find online courses are easier to concentrate in because they are not distracted by other delegates and classroom activity.
  • Training sessions are broken down into “bite-size” sessions which means training is more focused and learner can absorb and retain more information.
  • The flexibility of e-learning courses allows you to learn when it’s optimal. People are busy, especially working in development and our eLearning courses allow you to spread the training over a few session rather than taking whole days out of your schedule.
  • Organisations can save travel time and costs, make it easier for colleagues in different locations to attend the same training sessions.
  • Each session is recorded and learners have the opportunity to revisit the session after the training to review anything they might want to see again.  
  • Rather than completing activities in a classroom, learners will have the opportunity to break out into their own “virtual classroom” to participate in activities.  

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Laura is SDS Marketing Manager specialising in digital, social and content marketing. Her passion for helping people in all aspects of marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage she provides. Her work involves overseeing all aspects of SDS marketing including online, offline and events. Promoting; development appraisal, land valuation, development viability amongst many other areas.

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Putting Asset Management into Practice seminar 2018

Putting Strategic Asset Management into Practice seminar 2018

Shelton Development Services Ltd continued their series of sector focused, free CPD accredited seminars with the Active Asset Management Seminar in London on October 10th, 2018.  Asset and Finance professionals from Housing Associations and Local Authorities attended to hear from sector practitioners and network with their peers.

Mike Victory-Rowe, Asset Consultant with SDS, set the scene with an introduction into the importance of strategic asset management with the sector context, trends and challenges that asset professionals need to be aware of while delivering safe, secure and sustainable homes into the future.

Seminar sponsor Devonshire Solicitors’ topic was “Dealing with the runts in the litter”. Dan Moan, a Partner, shared the key points to bear in mind from a legal perspective when dealing with the commercial property as a social housing provider.

In a doubleheader session on Asset Management – a journey to the future, Jesse Meek & Laura Daniel gave attendees hands-on experience of leveraging the ever-changing technological landscape to innovate and improve business processes and how that can positively affect asset management. Cardboard virtual reality headsets coupled with an app on a mobile phone to show and train asset managers to spot issues in new build homes – tied up with some friendly competition encouraged team work on each table. After the tea and networking break, Jesse and Laura shared how Sovereign are using technology and collaboration to deliver innovation across the business, leading to improved delivery of value for money and increased investment across the Sovereign asset portfolio.  

Jonathan Walters, Deputy Director of Regulation at Regulator of Social Housing asked the audience to consider “Asset Management: What problem are you trying to solve?” given the policy context, Social Housing Green Paper and sector performance over the past 10 years.  Jonathan emphasised the function of the Regulator and emphasised the fact the Regulator does not dictate strategy but supports compliance, governance and good asset acumen, along with how the revised Value for Money standard enabled providers to focus on their strategic objectives, articulate their strategy to deliver homes and develop their approach to achieving value for money.

In the first session after lunch Thomas Fountain, Head of Asset Management at Clarion spoke on the development of The Clarion Standard for their existing portfolio of homes. The setting of the Clarion Standard gives a verifiable commitment to achieving Clarion’s corporate objectives and gave a basis for business planning, (de)investment decisions and driving (proactive asset management.  Thomas’ points included the effectiveness of asset valuation models when appraising existing stock and how resident engagement is an important factor to consider when developing an asset strategy.

Alex Rose, Director – Residential Real Estate Solutions at Hometrack presented on Unlocking Strategic Asset Management.  Alex showed the audience how Hometrack’s automated valuation model utilises data and harvests information points to provide a holistic view and understanding of property value.  He reviewed a few use cases including high-value asset disposals, rent review policies and tracking stock performance in the wider market context.

Nick Yandle, Policy Leader, from the National Housing Federation, spoke on Managing quality portfolios.  He covered the role of the Federation in the sector, explained the big issues and priorities as they see them and talked to involving and engaging with members. The NHF priorities include:

  1. Safety and compliance

  2. Quality of Homes

  3. Portfolio management

The SDS Asset team ended the day with Stock Profiler: Practical use of data in Active Asset Management. Rowley Maggs, Asset Director, led an entertaining roleplay with Mike Victory-Rowe.  They outlined the functionality and capabilities that the SDS Stock Profiler asset valuation model can offer housing associations to deliver quality homes, value for money and an active approach to asset management using internal and external data sets.

Thank you, everyone, who made the day such a success.  Please keep an eye on the SDS Events webpage for the latest SDS events

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Laura is SDS Marketing Manager specialising in digital, social and content marketing. Her passion for helping people in all aspects of marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage she provides. Her work involves overseeing all aspects of SDS marketing including online, offline and events. Promoting; development appraisal, land valuation, development viability amongst many other areas.

Connect with Laura on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/laura-matthews-sds/ or follow on Twitter @LauraSDS.

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