Dromey and Livingstone debate HomeWise campaign in Liverpool
RIBA's HomeWise campaign moved up to Liverpool this week for Labour Party Conference. With the party in the early stages of a major review of policy, housing emerged as one of the key areas of focus at Conference – party activists and Shadow Cabinet alike concluding that Labour didn't do enough to address the housing crisis when in Government and needed to find radical new solutions.
The RIBA held its second 'Leaving Legoland' debate on the Conference fringe, this week with Shadow Minister Jack Dromey and Labour Mayoral Candidate Ken Livingstone on the panel, as well as Ruth Reed and John Slaughter from the Home Builders Federation.
In a packed room of local councillors, MPs and delegates, Dromey commended the RIBA for its HomeWise campaign, argued the case for more social homes to be built and attacked the Coalition Government’s planning reforms arguing that the Government's approach wouldn't solve the housing crisis.
Meanwhile, Livingstone criticised the quality of new homes being built and suggested that rent controls would be needed to solve problems of housing affordability in London.
The debate will continue in Manchester next Monday, where the RIBA will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Planning Minister Bob Neill MP focused on the localism and growth agenda's and its third HomeWise debate, with the Nick Watt (Chief Political Correspondent, The Guardian) Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell (Chair, Local Government Association) and Tom Bloxham (Chair, Urban Splash).