New housing minister Mark Prisk, give his first keynote speech at the launch of Homes for Britain – a united voice for housing – at this year’s Conservative Party Conference.
Homes for Britain is a campaign created by the RLA and its five core partners; Crisis, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Home Builders Federation, the National Housing Federation, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The campaign is also supported by a further 40 housing and homelessness organisations.
Almost 200 delegates attended the campaign’s launch reception in Birmingham, to hear Mr. Prisk, who was joined at the event by John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, and Cllr. Gary Porter, Conservative group leader on the Local Government Association. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also lent his support to the campaign (above).
The aim of Homes for Britain is to put housing at the top of the political agenda, and it made an immediate impact during the conference season, with 50 events straddling the three major party conferences.
Already its influence is being felt in the circles of power, with all three major parties committing to major housing proposals:
- The Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that housing is crucial to getting the economy moving, and Government proposals include funding for 170,000 affordable homes;
- The Liberal Democrats launched their Decent Homes for All policy paper, which included a promise to build 300,000 new homes per year.
- At the Labour Party Conference, Ed Balls’ made a major housing stimulus announcement which included a vow to use £3bn generated from the sale of 4G mobile phone licences to build 100,000 new homes.
Alan Ward, RLA chairman, said, “I am extremely pleased with the initial impact of Homes for Britain. Twelve months ago, housing was not featuring in major policy debate; and the RLA, along with its fellow core partners, believed that had to change. Now, all three major parties have woken up to challenges facing the housing industry, thanks, in part, to Homes for Britain. We now aim to use the Homes for Britain to ensure that housing remains a major priority for all politicians.”
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