Overview

In July 2023, the Government passed the Social Housing Regulation Act in response to the widespread challenges facing the sector. In seeking to establish a customer-centric approach through increased standards and regulatory powers, the act aims to tackle the rising volume of complaints of those living in social housing. Many providers have already begun tackling tenant dissatisfaction by delivering excellent customer service, through improving methods for accountability, transparency and tenant experience. To promote best practice, it is vital housing providers come together to share their techniques and solutions for improving outcomes and the customer service experience for tenants

  • Between 2021-22, The Housing Ombudsman received a 64% increase in enquiries and complaints (2023)
  • In April 2023 the Regulator of Social Housing introduced tenant satisfaction measures to be recorded by all social housing providers
  • In 2021-22, households renting from local authorities and housing associations were more likely to live in a decent home than private renters (Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, 2023)

Join us at Delivering Excellence in Housing Customer Services 2024 to hear the latest recommendations and guidance on improving housing customer services. High-level keynotes will provide regulatory updates, followed by best practice case studies in adopting a customer-focused approach to housing. Key topics include effectively responding to complaints, engaging tenants with co-production and applying data to continually improve service delivery. A breakout networking session offers the opportunity to share your solutions and experiences whilst networking with other senior colleagues from across the sector.

Why Attend:

High-level keynotes from leading authorities in the social housing sector
Best practice case studies demonstrating strategies for improving transparency and accountability to tenants
Networking with senior colleagues from housing providers
8 CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Matthew Baird, Founder, The Social Housing Roundtable, Co-Chair, Spring Housing Association (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Key Information for Handling and Resolving Complaints Effectively

    • Insights into common areas of landlord failure and tips for avoiding breaches of the Complaint Handling Code
    • Recommendations for tackling complex cases and resolving issues with multiple challenges
    • Sharing examples of good practice in the proper handling of complaints and record keeping
    • Achieving buy-in from frontline staff to ensure healthy communication and de-escalation of cases

    Richard Blakeway, Housing Ombudsman, Housing Ombudsman Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Regulator Update: Achieving Excellence in Housing Customer Services

    • Overview of common trends in customer satisfaction and findings from the Consultation on Consumer Standards
    • The Safety and Quality Standard: guidance on creating safe homes and delivering quality customer service
    • Outlining new transparency and accountability requirements and sharing actions to ensure tenants feel respected and issues are dealt with quickly
    • Advice on proactively preparing for inspections and achieving excellent ratings
    • Ideas for skills-based training initiatives to empower tenants with knowledge and skills to help hold landlords to account

    Kate Dodsworth, Chief of Regulatory Engagement, Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Delivering a Quality Council Service for Tenants Through a Robust Customer Service Strategy

    • Collaborative working strategies to ensure all key stakeholder perspectives are reflected in a customer service strategy vision
    • Embedding opportunities for customer participation to co-produce service design and delivery
    • Delivering accountability for tenants according to strategy commitments on performance through methods for self-assessment
    • Ideas for training staff to drive improvements and deliver high-quality customer service
    • Advice on embedding flexibility into a strategy to ensure service delivery is adaptable to long-term changes

    Joanne Drew, Director of Housing and Regeneration, London Borough of Enfield, Co-Chair, London Housing Directors’ Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Adopting a Data-Driven Approach to Deliver Customer Satisfaction

    • Data-driven techniques for monitoring tenant satisfaction and learning from complaints and incidents
    • Applying an asset-based approach to identify and create opportunities for tenant engagement and community-building
    • Utilising learning from customer insight and segmentation to integrate customer feedback into housing community plans
    • Methods for gathering customer information to ensure service delivery is relevant to service-user needs

    Gavin Cansfield, Chief Executive, Settle (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: 

    Stephen Hills, Chief Executive, The CHS Housing Group (Confirmed)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Panel: Empowering Tenants to Shape Housing Services Through Meaningful Engagement and Co-Production

    • Practical methods for facilitating hard-to-reach tenants to share their perspectives on service design and delivery
    • Initiatives for improving the digital literacy of tenants to ensure that online channels and services are accessible for all
    • Techniques for adapting customer services to better support elderly residents and those with additional needs
    • Panellists will share their insights before answering questions from the floor

    Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, Group Customer Experience Director, Places for People, Chair, National Customer Experience and Housing Managing Group, National Housing Federation (CONFIRMED)

    Lisa Nicholls, Executive Director of Operations, Rooftop Housing Group, Non-Executive Director, Selwood Housing (CONFIRMED)

    Mickey Clark, Co-production Officer, Riverside Housing Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Sharing Strategies for Delivering Excellent Customer Experience

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in engaging tenants and delivering excellent customer service. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and innovative solutions whilst networking with colleagues from across the sector.

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: Avoiding Maintenance and Repairs Complaints: Proactive Responses in Housing Services

    • Working with customers to arrange regular inspections and allow for a speedy response to signs of damp and disrepair
    • Developing resident review groups to support staff in identifying maintenance issues and offer feedback on contractors
    • Tools and resources to distribute with tenants to ensure transparency on reasonable timeframes
    • Achieving customer satisfaction following maintenance work through creating open dialogue with residents

    Andrew Brown, Regional Director, Onward Homes 

  • Keynote: The 2023 Social Housing Regulation Act: Putting Tenants at the Forefront of Housing Services

    • Key insights into updating standardised quality and accountability assurances in housing
    • Mechanisms for promoting a resident-centric approach through integrating tenant feedback into service design
    • Guidance on recording and reporting metrics in line with new requirements to create transparency on customer service performance
    • Sharing successful methods of facilitating smooth communication and information-sharing between customers and landlords
    • Driving tenant involvement in decision-making processes through best practice strategies for customer consultation

    Rachael Williamson, Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Housing (CONFIRMED)

     

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *Programme subject to change

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working to improve Customer Service in Housing Associations.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Sponsorship

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers across the construction and housing industries
✓ Meet your target audience in the Sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:


Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

Pricing
  • Public Sector Rate: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

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