Dissect the latest Government policy

Hear direct from The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government on the detail of the March budget and what affect the COVID-19 financial measures will have on the sector.

A reminder of the key housing-related measures announced in Budget 2020:

A new Affordable Homes Programme of £12bn

A £1bn Building Safety Fund to remove unsafe cladding from buildings

£650m of funding to help rough sleepers into permanent accommodation

£400m for ambitious regional mayors to build homes on brownfield sites

Promise to announce measures to change the planning system tomorrow

A 1% cut on the Public Works Loan Board interest rate, used by local authorities to fund housebuilding

A temporary removal of the minimum income floor (which calculates assumed earnings for self-employed people) in Universal Credit as part of the government’s response to coronavirus

£200m for communities in areas that repeatedly experience flooding

We will have the chance to hear from the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP about his vision for the sector moving forward.

Since then, of course, the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its impact on all of us has meant that the focus and commentary has shifted and attendees at Virtual Housing Festival will have the opportunity to ask questions of those in the know.

  • Social landlords are bolstering their benefit advice teams amid a surge in tenants needing help with Universal Credit claims because of coronavirus
  • Councils face low financial impact but ‘significant operational stress’, say Moodys
  • Millions in UK having to choose between paying rent and eating due to COVID-19
  • Nearly one in five private renters in England feel they are likely to lose their job in the next three months because of the coronavirus crisis, Shelter has claimed
  • Coronavirus: lockdown’s effect on air pollution provides rare glimpse of low-carbon future
  • Sadiq Khan’s team in City Hall has established a taskforce to work on a “recovery plan” for the housing sector in London to help it recover from the likely downturn resulting from coronavirus
  • With many more housing professionals now working from home, how are we adjusting to this ‘new normal’
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has put rough sleepers in severe danger. As agencies have pulled together to protect them, Jon Sparkes argues this should point the way to ending homelessness for good
  • UK lenders to grant 1.2m mortgage deferments
  • The deadline for submitting 2019/20 accounts has been extended by three months by The Regulator to 31 December 2020
  • The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has written to all social landlords asking them to provide a monthly information return to help understand the impact of coronavirus on housing services

Hear from Government and demystify the politics

Robert Jenrick MP

Secretary of state for housing, communities and local govenment

Christopher Pincher MP Minister of state for housing

Fiona MacGregor Chief executive, Regulator for Social Housing

Thangam Debbonaire MP

Shadow secretary of state for housing

Mike Amesbury MP Shadow housing minister

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