Social housing is experiencing some of the biggest problems ever faced. The July Budget blew existing business plans out of the water, with rent reductions, welfare reform, Right to Buy, the sale of high value properties, pay to stay, devolution, and broader public sector cuts bearing down on the sector. With an emphasis on budget cuts, value for money and efficiency, where does this leave social value? Why is social value still important?
If social value is to be meaningful for value driven organisations, we need to start thinking about the total value we deliver, across the whole business – in procurement, development, housing management, regeneration, as well as in traditional areas such as community investment. The Social Value (Public Services) Act 2012 still bites and we need better and more evidence driven ways of driving and demonstrating the value in all that we do.
The HACT and NHC 2nd Social Value in Housing conference will:
- Explore how a focus on social value can drive efficiency and value for money
- Demonstrate how social value is being delivered across the whole business – in procurement, development, housing services and community investment
- Provide practical sessions on measuring and reporting on social value
- Learn how social value and wellbeing is becoming a global driver for policy and change outside of housing.
|9:30||Registration and refreshments|
|10:00||Welcome and introduction
Bob Taylor, Group CEO, First Ark
|Morning plenary: Social value in the post budget world|
|10:05||Social value in hard times
Matt Leach, Chief Executive, HACT
Matt will outline what the new environment means for social housing, the role that social value plays in driving decision making and delivery for social housing organisations, and where a stronger focus on social value can help housing associations innovate and meet new challenges.
|10:35||Social value as a driver of efficiency and value for money
Stephanie Harrison, Executive Director, the Regenda Group
Stephanie will explore how social value drives increased efficiency for social housing organisations, including how continuous improvement and business transformation can build on and in social value. This session will also look at how leaders in housing can use social value to deliver improvements across the business and into the community.
|11:50||Breakout sessions – strategy and development
A. Social value in procurement
Mathew Baxter, Managing Director, Echelon Consultancy
B. Integrated financial and social impact accounts
John Maddocks, Technical Manager, Third Sector Commissioning and Sustainability, CIPFA
C. Social value in the development process
James Williams, Regeneration Leader, Symphony Group
D. Using social value to inform community investment decisions
Dawn Clark, Community Projects Manager, Your Housing Group
|13:50||Breakout sessions – practice and delivery
A. Preparing your social value accounts for your Value for Money statement
Mary Whitfield, Head of Social Impact, Viridian
B. Successfully communicating social value within your business
Elanor Warwick, Head of Research, Affinity Sutton
C. Social value surgery
David King, Social Value Advisor, HACT
D. Integrating social value into client management systems
Mel Rushton, Business Process and Improvement Manager, Places for People (TBC)
|Afternoon plenary: Wellbeing beyond housing|
|15:10||Wellbeing beyond housing
Nancy Hey, Director, What Works Centre for Wellbeing
In this session, Nancy will outline the role of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and what it seeks to achieve. She will also explore how evidence around wellbeing is driving policy in the UK and beyond, and describe how evidence on wellbeing is being generated and how housing associations can get involved.
|15:30||Social value and housing – where next?
Matthew Gardiner, CEO, Trafford Housing Trust
Matthew will explore how housing associations can embed wellbeing and social value in their future strategies, what commitment and leadership is needed from within and outside of housing to deliver improved wellbeing, and what opportunities there are for a wellbeing revolution.