Sunday, 14 February 2016

Kerslake warns sector to expect more change

The top civil servant at the Communities and Local Government department has warned the housing sector to prepare for more reforms in the months ahead.

Speaking at a reception hosted by Inside Housing last night, Sir Bob Kerslake said housing leaders should ‘expect there to be more change and more innovation going on, particularly as we move up to the autumn statement’.

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to make his ‘autumn’ economic statement on 5 December.

Sir Bob - who is also head of the civil service - said it has been ‘quite a year in housing’, citing the implementation of the Localism Act, and the reform of the housing revenue account as ‘landmarks’ as well as the package of housing stimulus measures introduced in September.

He urged housing leaders to make the most of these initiatives: ‘People need to be trying out new ideas and be bold in what they do.’ But said further changes are also in the pipeline.

‘Housing is massively important for this government,’ he said. ‘It is seen as high priority, both in CLG, as you’d expect, but actually with the prime minister as well, who has got actively involved in this agenda and actively tracked – believe me he tracks it very actively – the whole programme.’

He added: ‘It is pretty clear what government wants to see here. It is to see more housing, more homes delivered, and for that in turn to drive economic growth.’

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