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Panel discussion of a recent paper by Simon Randall

Wednesday 9 December 2020, Webinar 6.00pm to 7.15pm

Housing comes high on any political agenda: increased provision of homes for first-time buyers, affordable housing for people unable to access the open market, the role of housing associations and encouraging investment in all forms of rented housing.

Simon Randall's paper brims with ideas for reforming the funding and governance of Housing Associations, getting more institutional investment into rented housing through real estate investment trusts (REITs), tweaking the planning system – and much else. Read the paper [PDF]


  • Simon Randall, who was appointed CBE for his London housing and local government work

  • The Rt Hon Lord Young of Cookham, who during his distinguished ministerial career was Housing Minister from 1990 to 1994

  • Bob Blackman MP has great experience in local government, having been a member of Brent BC (leader from 1991–96 and deputy leader 2006–10) and also Greater London Assembly member (2004–08).

  • Sarah Bool is the current Secretary of the Society.  She has practised as a Commercial Property Solicitor since 2014 and stood as the Conservative Candidate for Vauxhall in the 2019 General Election.

  • Judith Barnes is a retired solicitor who specialised in public and administrative law and she will be highlighting her proposal for a Portable Right to Buy as referred to in the pamphlet


Sir Bob Neill MP

Chair of the Justice Committee, House of Commons

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