Social landlords are expected to be given freedom to set their own rents in the near future, after many years of the Welsh Government determining rent rises.
At the same time, welfare reform and below-inflation wage rises have put pressure on low income households.
This seminar with the Bevan Foundation will explore the issue of affordability and outline alternative approaches to social rent-setting, drawing on examples from Wales and elsewhere in the UK.
Date: 2nd April 2019
Time: 9.00 – 13.00
Venue: The Orangery, Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TA
||Registration and breakfast
||Introduction and welcome
Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation and John Puzey, Director, Shelter Cymru
||Affordability: what is it and how do we do it?
Ian Wilson, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
||When social rent isn’t affordable
Ashella Lewis, Shelter Cymru Live Manager and Jennie Bibbings, Campaigns Manager, Shelter Cymru
||Two approaches to Living Rents
Lorraine Oates, Director of Finance and Resources, Merthyr Valleys Homes and Dan Hayes, Rent Account Manager, Trivallis
Panel discussion with Tamsin Stirling (independent consultant), David Wilton (Director, TPas Cymru), Clarissa Corbisiero-Peters (Deputy Director, Community Housing Cymru) and WLGA (tbc)
||Close and depart