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The government announced a new, larger, £11.5bn Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 (AHP), including funding for social rent, supported housing, and a renewed commitment to delivering homes using modern methods of construction (MMC).England needs 340,000 new homes – including 145,000 affordable homes – until 2031, to meet current demand. This includes 90,000 for social rent and 25,000 for shared ownership. 

Councils are determined to tackle the homelessness crisis, which represents many thousands of individual tragedies and a national emergency. Councils are house builders, support providers, responsible guardians to homeless people, and in a unique position to lead and shape local responses to homelessness. 

Join this event to listen and learn from leaders about how they can tackle the challenge of homes and homelessness. 


Keynote - Gemma Young, Corporate Director Internal Audit & Anti-Fraud, London Borough of Waltham Forest 

Leaders Debate
- Levelling Up the housing market - devolution

Leaders Debate - Tackling Housing in disrepair

Leaders Debate - Homelessness - Prevention and Cure

Keynote - Alyson Heald, Partnerships Director NW, L & Q Housing Trust

Leaders Debate - Social Housing Decarbonisation - Greening the Estate

Leaders Debate - Planning & Building


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Alyson Heald

Alyson Heald

Partnerships Director NW

L & Q Housing Trust

Alyson is the Partnerships Director for L&Q Housing Association and has worked in the Social Housing sector for over 19 years. As the voice of L&Q in the North West, Alyson’s focus is on working in partnership to understand the needs residents, community organisations, local and regional government and other stakeholders to help shape strategic plans and deliver on L&Q’s ambition for the North West, centred on levelling up investment and delivering quality new homes across the region.

Passionate about the sector, tackling stigma, placemaking and the added value Housing Associations bring, Alyson brings a wealth of experience leading a wide cross section of teams, including Policy and Research, Information Communication Technology, Business Intelligence, Transformation and Diversity and Inclusion.


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