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Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his controversial Housing White Paper. 

The document was released a fortnight ago after substantial delays, and given a broadly sceptical response by the agency industry.

Now Barwell’s office at the Department of Communities and Local Government is organising a series of events to get the sector’s views in person. The first event is today.


"The challenge of increasing supply cannot be met by government alone” says Barwell.

"That is why I want to hear from a wide range of stakeholders - councillors, local authority planning and housing officers, large and small developers, housing associations, estate agents, letting agents and others - about what they think about the White Paper and how we can work together to fix our broken housing market” he says. 

Booking details are listed on the Chartered Institute of Housing website although the individual events are not organised by the CIH. The sessions are as follows:

London, hosted by GLA, on Monday February 20, 6.30pm to 8pm;

Birmingham, hosted by HouseMark, on Tuesday February 20, 9.45am to 11.15am;

Manchester, hosted by the National Housing Federation, on Tuesday February 21, 2pm to 3.30pm;

Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge City Council, on Wednesday February 22, 3pm to 4.30pm;

Gateshead, hosted by Northern Housing Consortium, on Thursday February 23, 10.15am to 10.45am;

York, hosted by York City Council, on Friday February 24, 9.30am to 11am;

Taunton, hosted by Taunton Council, on Thursday March 2, 3pm to 4.30pm;

Surrey, hosted by South East England Councils, on Monday March 6, 10.45am to 12.15pm 

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    What a waste of time. This government will not change a thing and those who think they will must live in cloud cuckoo land.

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    Perhaps, but a bit like supporting 'On the market', if you don't try you definitely won't succeed.


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