21 October 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue
Delivering a master class in understanding the complex issues of housing, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Rt. Hon. John Healey MP, led a lunchtime Industry Forum briefing this week at the City HQ of NHBC. Topics covered included the benefits of a more proactive government approach and an overarching framework for housing planning, greater local government involvement in housing supply and allocation, the consumer rights of renters, land availability, energy conservation, and the potential impact of Brexit on the construction industry. There was general view about the need for more real dialogue between government and industry to tackle some of the long-term issues relating to housing which, if solved, would address serious social problems and also help the economy work more effectively. There was surprise that, despite Brexit, the large numbers of civil servants working in the housing area have not succeeded in making more progress, particularly on matters arising from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.