Following the CPF’s discussion on housing earlier in the year, a dozen CPF members representing five groups from around the country met this week in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid.
Mr Javid announced at Party Conference that the Government will be publishing a White Paper later this year outlining “further significant measures” to boost the supply of homes. Having read the CPF’s discussion paper and our summary of groups’ submissions, he was keen to hear more about our ideas. “The paper,” he said, “is even more relevant now than it was when it was originally published.”
Ahead of his housing white paper, the Communities Secretary therefore asked the CPF to convene a round-table discussion with some of the groups who submitted responses to the discussion paper.
To give the discussion a sense of structure and to ensure the relevance of members’ input to the expected scope of the white paper, the discussion focused on:
- How we can get more land into the system;
- How we can ensure homes get built out promptly;
- How we can get new entrants and new modes of construction into the system;
- Whether we’re doing enough to help those on low incomes.
The group enjoyed a productive discussion that Mr Javid said had raised fresh issues. “When we see the White Paper,” he concluded, “it will include CPF suggestions that are only there because the CPF put them there.”
Prior to this meeting, the CPF management committee also met to determine how the CPF can work effectively with the PM’s Policy Board and to draw up a timetable of future discussion topics. We are excited about our new plans and our Chairman, George Freeman MP will be writing to CPF members very soon, so watch this space!