Social Housing Conference 2023

Location: London
Start Date:

29/11/2023 09:15

End Date:

29/11/2023 13:45

Industries: Social Purpose and Non Profits, Social Housing

Our annual Social Housing Conference will once again be an event in-person, with networking opportunities and lunch provided.

What we will cover

As we continue to navigate these periods of austerity and uncertainty, our conference provides the perfect opportunity to reflect and share learnings from the past year.

Join us to discuss the future for the sector and what you need to be thinking about now.

Agenda and speakers

The conference will provide a great opportunity to network with peers and hear from both Crowe and external speakers. The conference will include a technical and tax update as well as discussions on topical matters.

View our agenda

Who should attend

  • Chief executives
  • Finance directors
  • Senior finance personnel
  • Non-exec directors
  • Audit Committee members


  • 09:15 - Registration and coffee
  • 09:45 - Conference begins
  • 11:30 -  Coffee break
  • 11:45 - Conference continues
  • 12:55 - Lunch and networking
  • 13:45 - Close


There is no cost to attend this event.

Register now

Please contact us if you have any further questions.


Crowe UK 
55 Ludgate Hill
London EC4M 7JW

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Issues discussed


09:15 – 09:45

Registration and refreshments

09:45 – 10:00

Chair’s introduction and accounting update

Julia Poulter, Partner, Head of Social Housing, Crowe

10:00 – 10:30

Social housing sector update

  • Legal controls
  • Risk and assurance considerations
  • Building safety standards

Vincent Marke, Partner NFP, Crowe

Gemma Bell, Partner, Devonshires

10:30 – 11:00

What you need to know about pension scheme changes

  • Sector pension update (SHPS and LGPS) – impact of changes in financial markets, valuation update and risk mitigation strategies (including exit strategies)
  • Pension “audit” type issues – Defined Benefit (DB) pension assumptions, liabilities and assets
  • Recognition of DB assets in year-end accounts

Vincent Marke, Partner NFP, Crowe

Sarah Abraham and Neal Thompson, First Actuarial LLP

11:00 – 11:30

Tax update

  • Can’t sell? Tax considerations from converting to rent.
  • Greener and safer homes – VAT reliefs
  • Golden brick – where are we now?
  • Issues arising at HMRC inspections
  • Autumn Statement and other policy announcements

Adam Cutler, Director, VAT and Customs Duty Services, Crowe

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 12:15

Culture and conduct

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Developing your people
  • Conduct challenges
  • Managing new housing training requirements

Richard Evans, Partner, Head of Risk and Assurance, Non Profits, Crowe

12:15 – 12:45

Sustainability considerations for social housing sector

  • Setting your sustainability ambition
  • Materiality assessment
  • Supply chain review

Alex Hindson, Partner, Head of Sustainability, Crowe

12:45 – 12:55

Chair’s closing comments

Julia Poulter, Partner, Head of Social Housing, Crowe

12:55 – 13:45

Networking lunch