Forum Presentations

Linking the Local to the London Wide - Whole Day Housing Conference
This will be our fourth whole day conference and our second that is held jointly with LTF (London Tenants Federation) and NFTMO (National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations)
SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER 2017 FROM 9:30 – 3:30pm
London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8UE


Schedule for the Day
  1. 9:00am...Coffee, signing in and choosing workshops
  2. 9:30am...Formal Opening of Conference
  3. 9:40am...Morning Speakers
    Ron Hollis/Pat Turnbull: Feedback from the last conferenceand why we should care about the London Housing Strategy
    Frances Clarke (Tower Blocks Network): The future of tower blocks and issues for tenants
    Greg Robbins (LFHC): Communities currently developing housing in London
  4. 11am..Coffee and move to workshops * Issues for Housing Association Tenants
    * Estate Regeneration
    * A year on from the Housing and Planning Act - Key campaigning issues affecting communities
    * Success stories in community led developments
    * The future for tower blocks after Grenfell
    * Communications, a media strategy, video and debunking the language of the press and authorities
  5. 11:10am..Workshop 1
  6. 12:15pm..Lunch
  7. 1:00pm...Afternoon Speakers
    GLA Speaker, James Clark, on the London Housing Strategy and the Mayor's Priorities
    The Community Hub - A one-stop-shop for communities want to build new homes
    Andy Bates: Developing land in London for a tenant management cooperative
    Questions
  8. 2:00pm..Workshop 2
    * Keeping our homes warm
    * Developing new homes - getting the most from the GLA
    * London Housing Strategy - meeting the needs of Londoners
    * Threats and challenges to tenant management organisations/cooperatives
    * Our vision for not for profit housing and a possible 'think tank'
    * Meanwhile and shortlife housing - agreeing a strategy
  9. 3:10pm...Plenary, Feedback and Key Points
  10. 3:30pm...Close

AGM SATURDAY 3rd June 2017 FROM 10:30 Followed by Discussion Forum 11am - 1:00pm
CALLY RESOURCE CENTRE, 140 COPENHAGEN ST, LONDON N1 0ST

The Centre is off the Caledonian Road. Stations - Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (North London Line) Kings Cross/St Pancras (Main Line & Tube) Caledonian Road (Tube) Bus: 17, 91, 259, 274

Agenda
  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Matters arising from the minutes
  4. Annual Officers’ Reports on the Federation’s activities over the last year
    These will be available at the meeting and on the website.
  5. Recommendations from the Executive
    Subscription levels
  6. Election of the Executive Committee - 15 places available. There will be a very short get together at the end of the AGM to check a date when the new Executive will meet to elect officers and plan dates for future events.
  7. Annual Accounts – 2016 - Copies will be available to members in advance through e-mail application to londonfed@gmail.com or at the meeting. They are included within the annual report.
  8. Appointment of Auditors for the coming year
    Including a decision not to require a full audit and to have an independent examination.

Discussion Forum 11:00 – 1:00pm

With the forthcoming election, the plans for a London Community Hub have gone into abeyance, so we will look backwards at cautionary tales.


What Happens When a Co-op is taken over by a Housing Association ?
• What can and has gone wrong ?
• Success stories and where the relationship has gone well ?
• Could the situation be reversed ?


THE EXECUTIVE IS ORGANISING A FURTHER SPEAKER AS YET UNCONFIRMED DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE MEETING




SATURDAY 18th February 2017 FROM 10:30 - 1:00pm
CALLY RESOURCE CENTRE, 140 COPENHAGEN ST, LONDON N1 0ST

The Centre is off the Caledonian Road. Stations - Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (North London Line) Kings Cross/St Pancras (Main Line & Tube) Caledonian Road (Tube) Bus: 17, 91, 259, 274

  1. THE HOUSING AND PLANNING ACT 2017 Where Now ?
    The meeting will discuss which elements of the housing and planning act remain and how they will affect different forms of housing co-op.
  2. DEVELOPING NEW COOP HOUSING
    a) Talking to the GLA and Mayor's Office - We have been working with the Co-op Party to talk to the Mayor's office about what they want from us and what our 'ask' of them should be. Here we will report back and take questions.
    b) Should co-ops be using their resources to develop housing ?
    A key issue to know is how many co-ops would like to see a return on their cash in the bank and if they would wish to invest in new housing for themselves or within the movement.
  3. REPORTS BACK FROM DIFFERENT GROUPS
    a) Shortlife Housing - How can it compete with 'Guardian' groups.
    b) HAMC - factors affecting management co-ops in housing assocs
    c) Report back from the all day joint conference in September


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 10:30 Sat. 4th June 2016


Followed by a Discussion Forum - attendance is free.


CALLY RESOURCE CENTRE, 140 COPENHAGEN STREET, LONDON N1 0ST

The Centre is off the Caledonian Road.

Stations – Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (North London Line) Kings Cross/St Pancras (Main Line & Tube) Caledonian Road (Tube)

Bus – 17, 91, 259, 274


Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Matters arising from the minutes
  4. Annual Officers’ Reports on the Federation’s activities over the last year
    a Chair
    b Secretary
    c Treasurer
  5. Recommendations from the Executive
    a Subscription levels
  6. Election of the Executive Committee - 15 places available.

  7. Annual Accounts – 2015 - Copies will be available to members in advance through e-mail application to londonfed@gmail.com, at the meeting or online on the website.
  8. Appointment of Auditors for the coming year
    LFHC proposes to again have an independent examination rather than a full audit.



If you would like to be considered for election to the Executive Committee please send your details to Hilary Ellwood at the Federation office, 8 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8GT by 3pm on Wednesday 1st June (londonfed@gmail.com or 020 3166 2621)


DISCUSSION SESSION 11:00 – 1:00pm with speakers

1. Housing and Planning Bill – The Bill has been returned from the House of Lords. This section will be an update on the provisions and current position.

2. What should Co-operatives do about the 1% rent reduction expectation to ensure their future financial sustainability?
The meeting will aim to reach a consensus on the approach from London Co-ops.

3. How do we share our documents and resources efficiently?
Greg Robbins and Phillip Wright (LCHG) will suggest ways in which useful documents can be shared between Co-ops.

 


HOUSING AND PLANNING BILL UPDATE 13th February 2016


The possible impact on TMOs - presentation by Greg Robbins

 

2nd DAY CONFERENCE ON HOUSING COOP DEVELOPMENT 24th October 2015

Andy Bates from Leathermarket JMB explained how they had reached planning permission stage to develop new properties on their estate. This presentation.


The GLA were not able to attend, but they sent this briefing note.


Although the community right to build is closed to new bids, there is support available through "Build Your Home the London Way" - see this advice.


Afsheen Kabir Rashid from Repowering London gave this presentation on how communities are supported to take control of their own energy supplies.

Alex Hartley from SELCE gave this presentation on their work and how co-ops can invest.

Rob Morris from CLFS explained how they were refurbishing houses requiring refits to small co-ops. His presentation will be uploaded when it is available.


AGM PAPERS - 27th JUNE 2015
Annual Report (Including Accounts)

The exec had adopted a Code of Conduct which was presented.

Clive Frazer presented his vision for a London Co-op Councillors' Network.


SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2015
There were presentations on asset management and planning for the future
Blase Lambert presented on risk management and what should be in a business plan.
Sue Philpott presented on asset management


AGM Documents 2014:
2014 Annual Report and 2013 Accouunts
A Special General Meeting was held on Saturday 1st February 2014 to discuss how LFHC might work more closely with CCH following the review of its services. There will be further discussion once CCH has completed its review and has a more concrete proposal.

Following the special general meeting in February the LFHC wrote to CCH with
suggestions for how LFHC could work effectively with CCH and discussions are continuing.


The proposal that was sent to LFHC in December is here.
Nic Bliss, CCH Chair, gave this presentation.
Greg Robbins, LFHC Secretary, gave this response.
There were questions and a generla discussion.


SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2013
Mick O’Sullivan
Chair of the London Federation of Housing Co-ops and a co-operative councillor with responsibility for housing in Islington, Mick will keep order on the day.

Tom Lloyd Smith, GLA
Tom is the Area Manager of the Housing and Land Directorate for the Greater London Authority. His team work with community groups who wish to develop new housing, as well as fulfilling the role that the Homes and Communities Agency has outside London.
Elinor Savage presented on the day. Download the presentation.

Andy Bates, Leathermarket JMB
Andy is the manager of Leathermarket JMB which manages 1,500 homes in Borough and Bermondsey. Leathermarket has an ongoing community right to build project with the support of the GLA.

Blase Lambert, CCH
Blase is the Treasurer of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing. CCH is working with the mutual housing group to develop a national fund to lend to housing co-ops for development.

Nic Bliss, CCH
Nic is the Chair of CCH and, along with Blase, will be discussing what CCH can offer to its members. Consultation.

Chris Murrell, Water Tower Co-op
A member of the LFHC executive committee and long term member of the Water Tower Co-op (nearly 30 years) Chris will talk about how west London pooled resources to build properties and reduce mortgage payments and how those arrangements stood the test of time.

Agamemnon Otero, Brixton Energy Co-op
Brixton Energy is a not-for-profit co-operative based in south London. We create cooperatively owned renewable energy projects whose financial revenues stay within the local community.
Download the presentation.

Mike Davis, PETRA
Mike is Chair of Parkhill Estate TRA Tenant Management Organisation and they have used their surplus to reduce the cost of energy bills by improving identifying key areas where energy is lost following a thermal survey, then improving insulation and identifying key areas where lower energy solutions could be used, saving both individual residents and the co-op money.

Greg Robbins, LFHC
Greg Robbins is Treasurer of Dennis CLH Co-op and Secretary of LFHC. In the workshop he will explain the work that is being done to develop new initiatives in co-operative housing (the ‘Blue Sky Group) and will generally be making sure the whole day runs to plan.



SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2012
Forum on How to improve our offer to members Part 1:
Addressing Fuel Poverty and Reducing Household Energy Costs
Do you find that there is a cold draft through your house in Winter or that your fuel bills are going up even though you are sure that you have turned your heating down?
This free Forum will address these points with the latest research plus information from suppliers, with the emphasis on affordability.

JOHN BEDFORD from Accord Housing Group
John Bedford has overseen practical research into retrofitting old properties in the Midlands to make them both warm and energy efficient and quantify the results. He will present the results, explaining what works gave the best results and value for money. He will also address any pitfalls in projects. www.accordgroup.org.uk/indesign
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MIHAJLO RALJIC – Sun and Alternative Technology (SAT)
SAT sell and install solar panel systems. Mihajlo Raljic will talk about the solar panel project he carried out with a housing co-op in Reading and about how health and safety issues were addressed. Mihaljo will explain the costs and benefits of installing solar panels and when they are cost-effective. www.sunsat.co.uk
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FRANK MCELROY - Ecoliving
Ecoliving install a wide range of systems for renewable and low impact heating and energy supply solutions, from wind and solar power through to heat recovery and underfloor heating systems. He will help co-ops explore which technologies will provide practical results for our members today. www.ecolivinguk.com
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MICK O’SULLIVAN – Chair of LFHC
Mick will present information on how co-ops and other residents’ groups can improve their offering to members including ideas on how to invest effectively, how to buy into energy provider schemes to provide fuel savings for their members and provide a benefit to their organisation, and how to use other lost cost initiatives to improve our members lives.
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SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2011
THE BASICS EVERY ORGANISATION SHOULD KNOW
Setting rent levels Management allowances
Annual Budgets Longer term financial planning
Asset management Treasury Management
Procurement Governance and reporting

Led by John Holdsworth and Greg Robbins
Refresh your knowledge and/or assist other residents!!!!
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1. RISK MANAGEMENT FOR CO-OPERATIVE ORGANISATIONS
Led by John Holdsworth www.coophomes.coop
for Ownership and Shortlife Co-operatives

2. MANAGEMENT ALLOWANCES
Led by Greg Robbins www.wesupporthousing.co.uk
for Tenant Management Organisations
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