Former housing minister Gavin Barwell says a Johnson government would continue to pursue a housing policy more aligned with home ownership.
Speaking at the NHC Summit 2019 in Manchester, Barwell said that a Conservative majority with Boris Johnson remaining as prime minister would mean an increased emphasis on home ownership that is likely to result in “some kind of home-ownership product”.
Barwell added that Johnson will likely be more of a devolution enthusiast than his predecessor, Theresa May, and that the secretary of state for housing, Robert Jenrick, will be keen to maintain a close relationship with the housing sector.
Barwell said that, if Labour were to hold sway following the election, there will be more of a commitment to spend more on affordable housing.
Though, he said a Labour-controlled government would give rise to three main points of tension:
- Getting the balance right in regard to councils and housing associations delivering these affordable homes
- Rent levels
- Delivering suitable standards of housing in a post-Grenfell, climate-concerned era
Gavin Barwell was chief of staff to former prime minister Theresa May from 2017 to 2019.