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Policy Exchange holds inaugural event of new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit — ‘The New Politics of Housing’
Policy Exchange held the inaugural event of its new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit — ‘The New Politics of Housing’. The focus was on what needs to change now given the unexpected election result and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. We were joined by former No 10 Head of Policy John Godfrey, Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson, former DCLG housing leader Terrie Alafat and developer Philip Barnes and the event was chaired by Richard Blakeway, Policy Exchange’s Chief Housing Adviser and former Deputy Mayor of London for housing.
Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Urban Regeneration, Susan Emmett, appeared on BBC The Week in Westminster to discuss social housing.
Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome Susan Emmett as the new Head of our Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit. She will be working closely with Richard Blakeway, who is the Unit’s Chief Adviser
Policy Exchange is delighted to announce that the appointment of Richard Blakeway as Chief Adviser to its new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit. Richard was Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property at the Greater London Authority for eight years, overseeing the Mayor of London’s housing strategy, funding and land regeneration
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, is quoted by the TES saying that the Spending Review will feel like a good settlement in the education sector, although some academies will face real terms funding reductions.
“We are the builders”: Osborne promises 400,000 new homes and vows to tackle Britain’s “crisis in home ownership”
Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, is quoted by the Daily Mail saying that George Osborne’s Spending Review announcements are not enough to solve the housing crisis, and that further planning reform is needed to release more land for development.
Estimates by Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, that greater freedoms for housing associations would allow them to build 100,000 houses a year are cited in The Economist.
Writing in The Guardian, housing consultant Colin Wiles attributes recent government decisions on housing and planning to reports written by former Head of Housing & Planning at Policy Exchange, Alex Morton.
Comments made by Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning Chris Walker that, should the ONS reclassify housing associations as public bodies, the government’s most obvious reaction would be to privatise them, are covered Inside Housing.
Writing on 24dash.com, housing expert Colin Wiles reports that Goldman Sachs have been appointed by the government to consider how proposals from Policy Exchange Freeing Housing Associationsreport might be implemented.