Housing leaders offered insight into impact of Single Direct Payment

Universal Credit trialist to share views on future for the sector   

Key figures from across social housing are being offered a unique insight into the future of the sector at two special events to discuss the impact of the Government’s welfare reforms.   

Award-winning leadership forum Progress - Leadership in Housing is hosting the Welfare Reform Special events to give landlords an opportunity to share their views on the potential effects of Universal Credit ahead of the biggest change in the benefit system for 60 years.

Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive of Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), will be the keynote speaker at both events, and will be sharing his first-hand experience of how Universal Credit has impacted on his organisation since it became one of just six landlords to take part in the Direct Payment Demonstration Project in June 2012.

“The Progress - Leadership in Housing: Welfare Reform Special event will be the ideal forum for WDH to share the experiences gained from taking part in the Direct Payment Demonstration Project,” said Kevin.

“We’ll be offering a first-hand perspective on the potential challenges that other housing organisations may have to face over the coming years and months.”

Sponsored by RentSense, the events are being hosted by First Choice Homes Oldham for landlords across the North West of England, and AmicusHorizon for registered providers in London and the South East.  

Cath Green, Chief Executive of First Choice Housing, and Jane Porter, Executive Director for Operations at AmicusHorizon, will also be offering valuable insight into how their organisations are tackling welfare reforms.

Derek Steele, Managing Director of housing intelligence provider RentSense, said: “RentSense is proud to continue sponsoring the Progress – Leadership in Housing forums.

“The Welfare Reform Special events aim to tackle the biggest issue facing registered providers across the country. At RentSense we are constantly engaging with housing providers about their concerns on welfare reforms, and in particular how income teams can increase rates of rent collection and then maintain their performance as the roll-out of Universal Credit takes effect.”

The North West event is scheduled to take place on the morning of Thursday 3rd October 2013, at The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8DE.

The South East event is scheduled to take place on the morning of Friday 11th October 2013, at the University of Greenwich, Queen Anne 057, 30 Park Row, Greenwich, LONDON, SE10 9LS.

The cost of attendance is covered for senior housing management personnel by the event sponsor RentSense.

To register visit www.housing-events.co.uk.

For further information on the Progress Welfare Reform Special events visit:

Progress - Welfare Reform Special Greenwich

Progress - Welfare Reform Special Oldham