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The king is dead, long live the king. Or, in this case, Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab, the successor as English housing minister to Alok Sharma. In a government reshuffle that is notable in the main for the lack of any meaningful reshuffling, housing now stands out. As has already been said today by...
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Here is See Media’s round-up of the announcements in today’s Autumn Budget, delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond:   *The speech can be read in full, here   GRENFELL TOWER: A further £28m for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, for mental health and counselling services, regeneration for surrounding areas and a new...
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A speech marred by ill health, rogue comedians and stage errors – this will be the conference speech that Prime Minister Theresa May will want to forget. Frustratingly for the party, this should have been a good speech – promises to invest in mental health, big announcements on council house building, and energy price caps...
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1. Sajid Javid walks the rents tightrope The Tuesday morning speech by the Communities Secretary at the National Housing Federation Annual Conference was the talk of the ICC for the rest of the two days in Birmingham. The launch of a Housing Green Paper was Sajid Javid’s key message and, although some delegates pointed out...
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Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone’s lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event in Manchester this week. Yet, it was striking how little common direction existed in efforts to make homes safe in the wake of the tragedy in London. It was unfortunate that Alok Sharma, the new housing minister,...
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It’s been 22 years since a housing minister last failed to address the CIH annual housing conference. But this year, on the final day of conference, the newly appointed housing minister Alok Sharma MP pulled out of his keynote speaking slot, citing practicalities over the Grenfell Tower fire management, and passed the buck to Marcus...
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It’s been four years since I attended the Chartered Institute of Housing conference. The last time I was here, in June 2013, the coalition government was in power and it was placing all of its emphasis on home ownership.
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Speakers at the opening day of this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing annual event in Manchester had an unenviable task. They had to acknowledge that everything they said in their presentations was in the context of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
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In the latest general election fall out, we've heard today that the Queen’s Speech will be delayed beyond its planned date of Monday 19 June. No doubt this gives Theresa May  more time to finalise – and agree – the details of the DUP ‘confidence and supply’ deal, which will allow the Conservatives to govern.
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The results are in, and it’s not what Theresa May had hoped for. She had set out to increase her slim majority in order to bolster her mandate, but she lost a total of 12 seats and now no longer has a majority in parliament.
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