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The Big Question - finding answers


CIH Cymru’s 2018 high level policy symposium will take a slightly different approach.

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The big questions of the day, both within the housing sector and more widely across the full gambit of public policy delivery are etched into all of our minds. Quite simply, how do we deliver what we do now, and perhaps deliver more, within the context of the austerity agenda, which is likely to embed deeper with Brexit on the horizon. It seemed like a pointless exercise to sit around chewing the fat about what’s wrong, about what’s going to create the pinch points as austerity, welfare reform and the post-Brexit funding landscape bites. More than anything else, that’d be a pretty depressing day for all of us.

Therefore, whilst we have posed a question ahead of this year’s event - “The housing puzzle: do the pieces fit?” - the programme has been designed more around making sense of the complexities of re-designing our organisations and workforce so that they are equipped to deal with the complexities that all of us will face. The complexities around how do we redesign service delivery in order to make ourselves as robust as possible in the face of such challenging times. We will analyse the complexities of how housing fits into the Welsh Government’s Future Generations agenda; the complexities of our work force and how we can get the best out of them as increasing pressures inevitably change the way they work; the complexities of how housing fits into other areas of public service delivery; the complexities of how housing organisations will access future funding streams; at a more simplistic level, how do we embed the narrative of the Welsh Government’s Future Generations and co-production agendas into the housing sector’s service design?

We will hear from the Housing Minister about how that looks at an overarching strategic level. We will also hear form the head of the Minister’s on-going Affordable Housing Supply review, Lynne Pamment. But we will also hear form the Future Generations Commissioner herself - an opportunity to quiz her directly on how housing fits into her vision of Wales ten, 20, 50 years from now. And we will finish with a session from one of the world’s most renowned experts on service design and managing complexity, Professor David Snowden, who will give us his take on housing’s position in the complexities of the new fourth industrial age of automation and post-Brexit settlement.

So this year we are aiming more for the “Big Answers” rather than posing the Big Question. And this year you will be ably guided through the day by our Chair Gavin Smart, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s very own encyclopaedia, who also doubles up as our Executive Director of policy and Deputy Chief Executive.

I look forward to catching up with you over a coffee during the break and hearing what you think of the programme and other CIH Cymru activity that we are currently undertaking. I very much hope that you enjoy and find it informative!

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