TV star and shadow minister set to speak at CIEH housing conference

The CIEH is busy organising a housing conference with special guest appearances expected from TV star Matt Allwright and Rt. Hon. John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing & Planning.  

Housing conference 2016

The Housing and Health Conference is taking place on Wednesday 11 May at CIEH’s Headquarters close to London’s South Bank.

Delegates attending can anticipate a jam-packed agenda, with John Healey MP expected to discuss the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16, which is currently going through Parliament, and Matt Allwright, BBC Watchdog presenter, talking about his experiences of the housing sector whilst making The Housing Enforcers programme.

Now in its eighth year, the housing conference is an annual event for the CIEH and will see housing experts, as well as professionals with an interest in this area, discuss and challenge the latest housing initiatives to further improve housing conditions and support vulnerable people.

In addition to the talks given by Matt Allwright and John Healey, delegates can expect to take part in sessions on: legal updates and new initiatives in the Private Rented Sector, including retaliatory evictions and Right to Rent; definition and scope of HMO licensing; fire safety updates for the housing sector; and  Local Authority-based housing case studies.

Other speakers also on the programme include Paul Fitzgerald, Qualified EHO and Housing Consultant, Amber Valley’s David Arkle, and Dr Stephen Battersby, former CIEH President and chair of the Pro-Housing Alliance.

Bob Mayho, Principal Policy Officer and CIEH’s lead on housing, said: “Housing is such an important issue as it has the potential to not only affect our physical health but it can also impact on mental wellbeing, especially in vulnerable people. But we’ve got to remember that poor housing standards are not exclusive to the private rented sector and not all landlords provide inadequate accommodation.

“This year’s housing conference is shaping up to be a great event with some top-notch speakers on the bill all in the name of bringing together housing professionals who want to learn from experts and their peers about how best to tackle and respond to poor housing found in the private rented sector.

To check out the programme or book your place, visit the CIEH website.

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