Addressing the Impacts of New Legislation on Registered Housing Providers’ Revenues - Breathing Space; the Proposed Statutory Debt Repayment Plan; and the Proposed Debt Relief Order Changes



Wednesday 3rd March, Virtual  Or   Friday 5th March, Virtual  
10am - 1pm

The IRRV offers this highly topical and information-rich seminar in conjunction with Believe Housing. It is specifically developed for registered providers of social housing.  The content will help Registered Providers get to grips with two of the most challenging legislative developments that they currently face: the new ‘Breathing Space’ legislation that takes effect on 4th May; and the connected proposals for a Statutory Debt Repayment Plan (SDRP).  Both of these elements are central to the government’s commitment to provide debt respite to those facing problem debt, and represent the most significant change in debt recovery for over thirty years.  The Government estimates that the Breathing Space scheme will help over 700,000 people across the UK get professional help in its first year, increasing up to 1.2 million a year by the tenth year of operation. 

Breathing Space will freeze interest, fees and enforcement action for people in problem debt, and offer further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment.  Income due to housing providers in both the public and private sectors will be affected by these changes, which will delay court actions and reduce cash flow.   An SDRP, once in place, will determine how and over what time span debts will be repaid to creditors – perhaps up to ten years. 

The seminar will also cover the proposed changes to the monetary eligibility criteria for Debt Relief Orders and its interaction with the SDRP.

Over 300 local authority attendees have taken part in the IRRV’s recent revenues-focussed seminars on this topic, and the feedback on content, format and delivery was excellent.  We now offer the fully adapted content to address the specific needs of Housing Associations. 

The presentation team has in-depth knowledge of the legislation and thorough understanding of the significant implications it poses for RPs.   The successful approach covers explanations of both the legislation and the processes involved, and addresses the practical issues it will generate for the sector.  Attendees receive a bundle of relevant documentation, copies of the slide sets, and a compilation of all Q&As generated on the day. 


•             Overview of legislative developments   

•             Breathing Space regulations explained  

•             Communicating Breathing Space              

•             SDRP proposals (including implications re the changes to the monetary eligibility criteria for Debt Relief Orders, currently under consultation)

•             The Five Key elements of Breathing Space

•             Practical Issues for Housing Associations               

•             Open Forum  

This seminar will be delivered virtually through the GoToWebinar platform.  Copies of slides and links to relevant documentation will be available to all registered attendees; and a compiled Q&A document will be issued after the meeting.   


The seminar will be delivered by the Institute’s Senior Vice-President, Alistair Townsend, and the Institute’s Chief Executive, David Magor.  IRRV Council Member and Income Recovery Manager at Believe Housing, Ian Ferguson, will join as a panellist, exploring the implications of the legislation for Housing Associations; as will Katy Bird, Believe Housing’s Tenancy Sustainment and Money matters Team Leader.  The Head of Law and Research at the IRRV, Moira Hepworth, will Chair the event.  


Price per attendee. 


1 delegate:         £110 plus VAT

2 delegates:       £95 plus VAT

3+ delegates:     £80 plus VAT

IRRV Members: At least one of the delegates must be a member of the Institute in order to receive the group discounts.

1 delegate:         £95 plus VAT

2 delegates:       £80 plus VAT

3+ delegates:     £70 plus VAT


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Enquiries can be made by email to  or by telephone 020 7691 8987.





Delegate Fees

3 March - IRRV Member - 1 delegate £95.00

3 March - IRRV Member - 2 delegates £80.00

3 March - IRRV Member - 3+ delegates £70.00

3 March - Non Member - 1 delegate £110.00

3 March - Non Member - 2 delegates £95.00

3 March - Non Member - 3+ delegates £80.00

5 March - IRRV Member - 1 delegate £95.00

5 March - IRRV Member - 2 delegates £80.00

5 March - IRRV Member - 3+ delegates £70.00

5 March - Non Member - 1 delegate £110.00

5 March - Non Member - 2 delegates £95.00

5 March - Non Member - 3+ delegates £80.00