Local Housing Companies and Development


Local housing companies are independent arms-length commercial organisations wholly or partly owned by councils. They can develop, buy and manage properties within and outside of a local authority area. The homes they provide sit outside of the local government housing financing system and are not subject to the Housing Act and most of the social / affordable housing regulations. Over the past few years the number of companies has increased among councils across the whole of England. It is estimated that there are over 150 local authorities that have set up local authority housing companies However, they are not the only housing delivery vehicles that are available to Councils and this is still an emerging area in terms of policy and best practice.

This webinar will be held on 16th November 2021 and will explain and examine why and how local authorities are setting up local housing companies and other delivery vehicles. It is suitable for people in authorities that already have Local Housing Companies and people in authorities that are considering setting up an arms’ length delivery vehicle. It is suitable for councillors, board members, housing managers, tenant representatives, finance staff and others with an interest in the development of new homes through local housing companies and other delivery vehicles.The webinar will consider the following questions:

  • What is the Policy Context? Why are Councils establishing Local Housing Companies and other Delivery Vehicles?
  • What are the issues that local authorities should consider before establishing a Local Housing Company?
  • What are the financial models for development through Local Housing Companies?
  • What are the steps that local authorities should take when establishing a Local Housing Company? What have authorities already achieved through Local Housing Companies?

The webinar will last about an hour and costs £30 plus value added tax (a total of £36).

The presenter will be Adrian Waite, who is well known for his ability to explain complex financial matters clearly. To view his biography, please click here.

It is possible to ask questions during and after the webinar. Attendees will receive a copy of the presentation, a briefing paper and a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate. A recording of the webinar is also available after it is completed.

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