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Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP leads the line-up at Harper Macleod’s National Housing Conference 2014

The leading players in Scotland's housing sector will hear a keynote address from Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP at the 14th National Housing Conference (NHC), organised by leading law firm Harper Macleod at Dunblane Hydro on 25 February.

Against the backdrop of ongoing welfare reform and a difficult financial climate, the Minister will open the conference, entitled 'Looking across the rooftops – the changing landscape of housing in Scotland', by considering the challenges and opportunities facing the Scottish housing sector.

Derek Hogg, Partner and Head of Housing at Harper Macleod, said: "We are delighted that the Minister will address the conference, sharing her insights with many of the other people who play a vital role in the provision of housing in Scotland.

"The sector faces significant challenges, but there are also many positive developments and projects and it is important to take the time to gather these experiences and knowledge in a forum centred on debate and discussion."

Delegates will also hear from other key individuals and organisations in the sector, including Kay Blair, Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator and Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive of Link Group, who will consider the Registered Social Landlord's (RSL) perspective of weathering and surviving the perfect storm.

There will also be contributions from speakers from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Derwent Living Housing Association, West of Scotland Housing Association, and the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

The conference will consider issues including housing policy, low-cost home ownership, regulation, investment, renewables and innovative models for service delivery, with delegates taking part in a number of breakout groups during the day.

Harper Macleod is offering an early bird discount on the conference fee until 31 January of £100 (plus VAT). From 1 February the conference fee will be £120 (plus VAT).

For more information on the conference programme or to reserve your place, contact Alice McKinlay on 0141 227 9437 or email