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CIH President tells South West housing delegates to fight to put housing at the top of the new government’s agenda

19/04/2010


Howard Farrand, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) told delegates at the CIH South West Housing event, held in Torquay from 14 to16 April, that it will take some time for the housing sector to work through the reality of the recession and that we must learn lessons from the credit crunch and not go back to business as usual.

Howard Farrand, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) told delegates at the CIH South West Housing event, held in Torquay from 14 to16 April, that it will take some time for the housing sector to work through the reality of the recession and that we must learn lessons from the credit crunch and not go back to business as usual.

Howard said "We have to shape a better environment as we come out of the long, dark tunnel of the recession. Housing is one of the key building blocks that will keep the country stable. This is the ideal opportunity for the housing sector to stop the systematic cycle of boom and bust that keeps happening. We have to make our organisations strong and robust so people can depend upon us."

He acknowledged the green shoots of recovery in the housing market but reminded delegates that over 1.8 million households within the UK are looking for affordable homes. He called for a radical change in the way affordable housing is delivered as public funding is going to be hit very hard and the industry will be asked to build more homes with less funding.

He said, "We need to create new mechanisms so we can spend less but create more – we need a Spec Savers for the housing sector."

He concluded by saying that if we get housing right over the coming decade we can improve education, employment opportunities and health and create a stable and prosperous economy.

He concluded, "Housing is a force within social policy – not an add-on. We have to fight hard to put housing at the top of the new Government’s agenda."

 

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