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CHASM Annual Conference - Housing, Wealth and Wellbeing
Event Type:
One Day Event
27 June 2019
Friends House, Euston Road, London
Helen Harris (Email Contact)
In an era of welfare state retrenchment, the role of personal assets, including housing assets, are increasingly essential for welfare and wellbeing. But for the first time in a century, the proportion of people in owner occupation has fallen. However, younger generations are facing particular challenges, as housing costs are rising faster than incomes, while rates of owner occupation and levels of housing wealth remain relatively high among older generations.

This year’s CHASM conference brings together academics, practitioners and policy representatives to examine and debate the role of home ownership and other housing tenures as a source of wealth and welfare.

The morning session will focus on CHASM’S recent work on the links between housing tenure and wellbeing among lower-income (working age) groups. The afternoon session will focus on housing wealth as a source of later life funding, with particular emphasis on paying for care.

Speakers and Sessions

Registration, Tea and Coffee: 10am -10.30am

Session 1: 10.30 – 12:00

Natalie Brown, East Devon District Council – More than a roof; understanding the value of social housing. Traditional landlord surveys of the tenant experience focussed on consumer satisfaction and lacked a depth of understanding. This presentation sets out the background and motivation behind new survey approach which explores tenant’s financial and psychological wellbeing.

Dr James Gregory, CHASM – Survey results and tenant experiences of the home. James Gregory presents the results of years one and two of a three-year study undertaken in partnership with East Devon District Council and LiveWest Housing Association.

Speaker TBC – where next for tenant wellbeing? This presentation explores the implications for housing policy, looking at ways in which lower-income households in both social housing and in other tenures can be best supported in achieving financial stability and security in their home. Lunch: 12pm – 1pm

Session 2: 1pm-2.30 pm

Tony Miles, My Care Consultant - The Role of Housing Wealth in funding and paying for Social Care. With significant amounts of housing wealth in the hands of older people, it is likely to have a central role in future funding of and paying for social care. This presentation looks at the opportunities and challenges this presents, and highlights the role qualified and experienced financial advisers can play in delivering good consumer outcomes Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics, CASS Business School - The Last-Time Buyer: housing and finance for an ageing society.

Jane Vass, Director of Policy and Research, Age UK - Refuge or resource? The role of housing in later life Housing equity is often suggested as a solution for the costs of care. This presentation will explore the role of housing in the context of older people’s lives

This event is free. If you would like to book a place at the Conference, please email Helen Harris on

Members may be particularly interested in the afternoon session,and are welcome to come along from 12pm, or for the full day.

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