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CIH Allocations, Lettings & Homelessness Conference & Exhibition


Published by Anonymous for Chartered Institute of Housing in Housing

25-26 November 2014
Holiday Inn, Stratrord-Upon-Avon

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About the conference

In the past year mainstream print and broadcast media has increased its coverage of housing and homelessness issues, which has put housing options work in the spotlight like never before. The 11th CIH Allocations, Lettings and Homelessness conference will address the present challenges and explore future opportunities and risks.

This event  will focus on issues such as the effects welfare reform is having on allocation of social housing, for example the increase in the number of hard to let dwellings due to social sector size criteria. Delegates will explore the affects reduction in public sector spending is having on money available to resource housing allocations functions as well as the need to make lettings schemes more efficient. Expert speakers will present on the need to ensure there is no unlawful use of B&B as well as analysing the affects the housing market is having on housing options, because the private rented sector is now the main cause of homelessness. There will also be sessions on  young people's prospects of affording somewhere to live and  the  opportunities for communities in providing education and employment.

An array of expert speakers from public, private and third sector organisations across England will share their experience and knowledge.. Leading academics will also be  present to disseminate the findings from the latest research on housing advice and lettings. With a general election taking place less than six months after this event has occurred, this event will be attended by political opinion leaders. Delegates will get the inside track on how the different parties understand and think about housing and homelessness implications.

The event is a must for professionals working in lettings and homelessness as we examine what is needed to deliver the best possible service for customers.. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend 4 keynote and 4 workshop sessions throughout the two days. The conference will review the current impacts of today’s challenges and give key strategic and operational examples to include practical case studies of how organisations are taking new approaches to tackling the issues. In particular, delegates will explore and debate matters  around bedroom tax, temporary accommodation, universal credit, accommodation options, choice based lettings, future policies and case law. A key feature of the conference will be the popular annual case law update from Jan Luba QC.

This years’ event offers delegates the perfect opportunity to receive the information you really need to take back to your organisation and make a difference. Tweet your questions and comments to speakers before, during and after the event to @CIH_events using the hashtag  #alh14 Email the questions you’d specifically like addressing by workshop facilitators to before the conference, allowing facilitators to mould their sessions to your specific needs. Interact and stay connected with other conference delegates on LinkedIn by joining the group ‘Chartered Institute of Housing Events’.

Benefits of attending

The conference provides not only 8 hours per day of CPD learning and development opportunities, but also access to excellent high profile speakers and fantastic networking opportunities.

  1. Remain up to date with current Government thinking and latest policy developments in the allocations and homelessness agenda
  2. Discuss how your organisation can respond and address the current challenges we face
  3. Engage with high profile speakers, government representatives, specialists and practitioners
  4. Receive relevant and up to date information to take you forward in your day to day role
  5. Participate and discuss your issues in lively and interactive workshops
  6. Find out about latest positive practice and innovative working
  7. Hear from leading professionals about new approaches to service delivery
  8. Remain up to date with current advancements in policy and practice
  9. An excellent opportunity to network with fellow housing professionals and be involved with interactive discussions to influence future direction

Who should attend

This national two day event is for Heads of Housing, Directors and Managers who are looking to drive improvement of their staff. It is also for front-line staff looking to keep up to date with the latest information. The event is for Local Authorities, ALMO’s and Housing Association staff and those working in the voluntary sector, dealing with a range of lettings, allocations and homelessness strategies and implementation. This event will also be valuable to professionals such as health or welfare teams, and other areas within housing where lettings and homelessness policy impacts on other customers.

Conference location

Holiday Inn, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6YR

The Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon hotel is in the heart of Shakespeare country.

The hotel is situated on the banks of the River Avon. at the Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon hotel. Surrounded by the historic sights of Shakespeare's birthplace, the hotel is set in landscaped gardens, and has complimentary parking for up to 350 cars. Stratford train station is 1 mile from the hotel, and Birmingham Airport 20 miles away.

Parking – There are 350 complimentary on site parking spaces available at the hotel.

Nearest Train Station – the nearest train station to the hotel is Stratford-upon-Avon and is accessed directly from Birmingham New Street. Train services from London takes just over 2 hours with a direct service from London Marleybone or Euston.

London Marylebone – Stratford-upon-Avon is 2 hours and Chiltern Railways runs a direct service every two hours.

London Euston – Birmingham is 2 hours 15 minutes

The train station is situated 1.0 miles from the hotel, there is a taxi rank outside of the train station.  A taxi will cost about £5. and will charge £5.00.

Exhibition & sponsorship

With such a wide range of delegates attending, this is an excellent opportunity for your organisation to be represented and to promote your products and services.  Refreshments will be served in the exhibition area to give you high visibility and maximum exposure during the two days.  The conference offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to help create a lasting impression.

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibition opportunities for this event please contact Dale Smith who will find an opportunity that fits your branding and organisational strategy

Tel: 024 7685 1722 email:

Booking Information

You can book onto the conference in the following ways:
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* Or call the CIH events team on 024 7685 1722.

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