Making the private rented sector work for people in poverty

Central London
Tuesday 11 July 2017 -
10:00 to 16:30

JRF in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Housing hosted this one day conference.

The conference built on the recent Housing White Paper, and focused on the existing private rented sector stock.

The event looked at how the private rented sector currently affects costs and living standards, including hearing from those currently living in the sector. It highlighted a number of policy recommendations from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Strategy, which we believe could improve the sector as a source of accommodation for people in poverty. This includes incentivising landlords to raise standards – something which CIH has been calling for over the last few years.

The event workshops showcased best practice of what is being done in other countries and devolved nations, ethical lettings agencies and successful initiatives from local authorities.

The Keynote speech from Sir Robin Wales is available to watch on our YouTube channel, as well as the speech from JRF chief executive Campbell Robb.

Other speeches included Directly-elected Mayor of Newham and Jane Everton, Deputy Director, Better Rented and Leasehold Sector, DCLG.

You can now view all the photos from the event on our Flickr account.

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Programme

Programme of events included
10.30am Chair's opening remarks
Chair: Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
10.40am What's it like to live in poverty in the private rented sector?
Stories from people with lived experience
10.50am Perspectives on the role of the private rented sector in housing people in poverty
Chair: Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The private rented sector and life experiences: Karen Croucher, Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
A landlord perspective: Kate Faulkner, Property Commentator and Analyst
A property market perspective: Abigail Davies, Associate Director, Housing Consultancy, Savills
11.40am Q and A
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Workshops
Workshop 1 Learning from other nations: international and devolved experiences
Chair: Brian Robson, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Tom Moore, Lecturer, University of Sheffield and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy
Dr Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing, Dublin Institute of Technology and Sunday Times columnist

Darren Baxter, Researcher, IPPR
Ceri Meloy, Head of Business, Tai Pawb
Workshop 2 What can we do at local and city-region level?
Chair: Katie Schmuecker
, Head of Policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
David Galvin, Managing Director, Blackpool Housing Company
Dr Richard Crisp, Reader, Sheffield Hallam University
Russell Moffatt, Operational Manager, Private Housing and Environmental Health, London Borough of Newham Council
Kay Orlopp, Deployment Manager, Resonance Ltd
Workshop 3 What is a successful social lettings agency?
Chair: Mike Hawking, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Susan Aktemel, Director, Homes for Good
Chris Hancock, Head of Housing, Crisis
Carla Keegans, Director, The Ethical Lettings Agency
Tony Stacey, Chief Executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association
2.05pm Keynote address
Sir Robin Wales, Directly-elected Mayor of Newham
2.20pm Q and A
2.35pm Coffee Break
3.00pm Keynote address: The Government's approach to making the private rented sector work for people in poverty
Jane Everton, Deputy Director, Better Rented and Leasehold Sector, DCLG
3.15pm Q and A
3.25pm In conversation - Where do we go next?
Chair: Terrie Alafat,
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive, National Landlords Assocation
Dr Julie Rugg, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York
John Bibby, Senior Policy Officer, Shelter
Brian Robson, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
4.25pm

Chairs closing remarks
Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

4.30pm End of event

Audience covered: Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and the Civil Servants and other relevant campaigning and charitable organisations.