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Housing Europe joins the Advisory Group of the Building Back Britain Commission

The group will set out ideas to put housing at the heart of UK's Prime Minister economic recovery and net-zero plans

United Kingdom, 25 June 2021 | The future of the EU & Housing

Our Research Coordinator, Dara Turnbull and key figures in UK's housing delivery, have come together to form an independent industry group which will produce fresh ideas on how the government can hope to deliver on its dual ambitions to build 300,000 homes a year while reducing emissions from the UK’s residential housing stock.

In order to ensure that the UK government hears from a wide range of voices, including social and affordable housing providers, WPI Strategy - a leading UK public affairs and communications agency - has established an Advisory Group representing the diversity of businesses operating in the housing sector and public policy experts from a range of fields including climate change and infrastructure.

The Advisory Group will initially contribute to the Commission via a written submission and one-to-one semi-structured interviews with the research team. 

The group will produce two reports this year. The first paper, due in the autumn, will demonstrate the value of housing to economic recovery and the integral role the sector can play in delivering on the government’s plans to ‘level up’ the UK. The second report, to be published ahead of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November, will set out how the housing sector can work with consumers and the government to help decarbonise housing.

The six Commissioners on the Building Back Britain Commission are:

  • Terrie Alafat CBE, Chair, The Riverside Group
  • Robert Boughton, CEO, Thakeham Group
  • Jason Millett, CEO for Consultancy, Mace
  • David Thomas, CEO, BarrattDevelopments
  • Nigel Wilson, CEO, Legal & General
  • Steve Wood, CEO, National House Building Council

As well as co-operating with Number 10, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the official opposition, the Commission will look to work with combined authority mayors and the relevant figures in the devolved nations of the UK.

The reports will be authored by Chris Walker, a former government economist who has previously worked in the Treasury and MHCLG. He and the Commission will be supported by a high-level and diverse Advisory Group made up of some of the leading housing organisations has also been established to help submit data and ideas into the Commission. Members include:

  • Create Streets
  • Federation of Master Builders
  • Green Finance Institute
  • Home Builders Federation
  • National Housing Federation
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Housing Partnership Network
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Housing Europe
  • Housing Partnership Network

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