LIVE / WORK / LEARN: Making an impact in Housing and Employment
Thank you to all the delegates who joined us at the Live / Work / Learn housing and employment conference, in London on 28 September.
Key note speaker, David Orr, NHF, spoke of the chaotic political environment and the challenges that a weakened Conservative Government faces as it exists the European Union. In terms of a credible opposition, David feels that there is a genuine willingness from the Labour Party to challenge Government to tackle the housing issues that exist in Britain.
David spoke of the political change over the past few years, which “has stemmed from a feeling of disconnect” on both sides of the Atlantic, with those feeling left behind choosing not to maintain the status quo. The Grenfell fire was “beyond anyone’s worst nightmare” and is indicative of a failure in social housing. The political upshot of the fire is that Government has announced it will bring forward the ‘once in a generation’ green paper, which looks at the value and use of social housing in Britain. However, Grenfell is not just a failure of social housing; it is a failure of basic building practices and safety measures.
David finished his keynote speak by reminding us that we need to rethink the kind of nation we want to be. The housing sector invests in not only bricks and mortar, but the potential within. If we start from the assumption that regardless of background, everyone has potential, we can tap into a much larger talent pool, which could be transformational.