Barwell outlines post-election scenarios for housing sector

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell tells NHC Summit 2019 of post-election scenarios for housing sector.

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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.

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