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RIBA reaction Sajid Javid speech on social housing

RIBA respond to Sajid Javid speech on social housing

20 September 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Secretary of State Sajid Javid's speech on social housing to the National Housing Federation conference 2017.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

“The RIBA warmly welcome this intervention from the Secretary of State in what is perhaps the most positive social housing speech from a senior Conservative in many years.

“I am pleased the Government appear to have recognised the need for a fundamental rethink of social housing and hope that these warm words will be accompanied by the necessary resources.

“Good quality housing is an essential component to improving life chances and tackling low social mobility. We will eagerly await the Government’s details on Right to Buy and social rents and what may be expected of housing associations in terms of building homes.

“RIBA and our members stand ready to work with the Government to get the country building more well designed, high quality, affordable homes across the country.”


  1. For further press information please contact the RIBA Press Office: +44 (0) 20 7580 5533
  2. The full speech is available to read here:
  3. The Royal Institute of British Architects (@RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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