Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

The Crucial Role of Local Authorities in Addressing the Housing Crisis


Event summary

This online discussion will set the scene on the current crisis, addressing housing issues that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, and those that were present before the pandemic. Perspectives from local authorities and housing associations will be explored.


25 August 2021
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 12:00

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About this event

The UK housing crisis has shown no signs of slowing in recent years. The chancellor made no reference to social housing in the spring budget. However, encouraging steps have been taken as a result of the public recognition of the crisis. The government's housebuilding targets for the coming years are ambitious, and undoubtedly local authorities will play a critical role in meeting these goals.

While recognition that the housing market is broken is a crucial step, more engagement is needed from councils, as well as support from central government to achieve the goals that they have set. To meet housebuilding targets, there must be a discussion about the structural imbalance in housing provision resulting from housing and welfare policies over recent decades.

Speakers include David Ayre, CIPFA Property Networks Manager, who will set the scene on the current crisis and delve into the government's housebuilding targets. Jayne Owen, from North Wales Housing, will also join to share her perspective from working at a housing association. Adewole Ademolake will discuss Be First and how it is impacting the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Who should attend?

This event is free to attend and designed for all public finance professionals who have an interest in the housing challenges and opportunities in a post-COVID world, and the important role that local authorities must play in this.

How will I benefit from attending?

  • hear from industry leaders on the past and present of the UK housing crisis
  • participate in a panel discussion by submitting questions to be answered live during the webinar
  • gain practical tips for those working in housing finance

CPD hours



  • Local government

Speaker - Dave Ayre - Property Networks Manager

Dave is a qualified public service manager with extensive experience in the development and implementation of innovative public/private partnerships. Dave manages CIPFA’s Highways Asset Management Planning, Strategic Assets and Property Training Networks and advises on asset management, partnering and wider property issues throughout the UK.

Speaker - Jayne Owen, Finance and Resource Director, North Wales Housing

Jayne is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) with 30 years public sector experience, including five years as Treasurer/ Director of Finance. Prior to taking up this role Jayne undertook the role of Director of Finance (Police and Crime) for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. This and previous roles involve significant complexity, with accountability for multi-million budgets and advising on the deployment of these resources. Areas of expertise include treasury management, financial planning, audit, procurement, commissioning, value for money, organisational transformation and effective governance. Prior to taking up this role Jayne worked as Treasurer for the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and prior to that various roles for Trafford Council, she offers a breadth of experience that goes beyond her financial expertise in particular, public service reform, partnership working, estates strategy and performance management. Jayne's career has been rooted in the public sector, caring deeply for the role of the public, voluntary, social enterprise sector in society.