CIH president: Housing can be economy's 'silver bullet'
The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has said housing can be the ‘silver bullet’ for the economy if the sector works to demonstrate its value.
Speaking to delegates at the CIH conference in Manchester, Robin Lawler called on housing professionals to make government ministers aware of the value of housing as an economic driver.
‘This must be a decade of sector-led solutions,’ he said. ‘That means real change for housing. It means being honest about where we need to improve, and where we need to work with others.’
He also advocated working with other professions and sectors to ‘build new partnerships’ to deliver services and new homes.
Mr Lawler condemned the cuts made by the government and the impact they are having on the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
‘Life is getting worse - for many of the communities that we exist to serve,’ he said. ‘On top of this, the demographic time bomb of an ageing population, and concerns over the public health impacts of poor housing - and the scale of the problem becomes all too clear.’
He said this conference would be ‘less polite’ in order to tackle the increasingly difficult financial environment. ‘The scale of the crisis demands us to stretch ourselves - to question assumptions - and to be prepared to contest received wisdoms,’ he said.