FAQs

What is The Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission?
The Commission is a group of housing experts, local community representatives and councillors that will look at how we can build more affordable homes, increase the supply of homes for affordable rent and tackle poor conditions in the private rented sector.

Why has it been set up?
Many people are struggling with the cost of housing - the average price of a home in Barnet is nearly half a million pounds, private rents are the highest in outer-London, and council rents are set to increase dramatically. At the same time many people are still living in poor housing conditions. We need to find solutions to help. 

Who set up the Commission?
It was set up by the Barnet Labour Group of Councillors.  It also includes representatives from the local community and independent housing experts.

Who is in charge of the Commission?
The Commission is Chaired by Nicky Gavron AM, a London wide Assembly Member leading on planning and housing.  The joint vice chairs are Cllr Alison Moore, Leader of the Labour Group, and Cllr Ross Houston, Labour's Housing Spokesperson. 

Who else is on the Commission?
There are six other members of the Commission: Tony Clements, former policy advisor to the last Labour Housing Minister; Glyn Thomas, local resident and Board Member of CDS Housing Co-operatives; Rabbi Danny Rich, local resident and Chief Executive of Liberal Judiaism; Rev'd Colin Smith, local resident and senior Methodist Minister in Barnet and former CAB professional; Janet Solomons, local resident and former Social Care professional; Bob Young, public health and housing practitioner and formerly Director of Housing at the City of Manchester and CEO of Newham's Local Space Housing Association. 

For a full list of commissioners and short biographies visit the 'Our Commisioners' page.

What will the Commission do?
It will meet at least six times to hear evidence about and examine housing issues in Barnet, producing an interim report in January and a final report in September 2015.

How will it do it?
The meetings will consider different issues about housing in Barnet. The Commission will take evidence both from the community and experts (at meetings and by written submissions) before publishing its final report.

When will it meet?
All meetings will be from 7pm-10pm in venues across the Borough. For more information visit our events page.

Are its meetings open to the public?
All meetings are open to the public. Just come along on the night, and if you want to you can let us know you're coming by signing up on our events page. Let us know about any accessibility requirements.

Can residents give evidence to The Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission?
If you'd like to give written evidence, please email office@labour4barnet.com. Submissions may be published, but let us know if you would prefer your response to remain anonymous. You can also give oral evidence at one of our meetings each of which will have a 30 minute open mike session for members of the public - to help us with this please RSVP on the events page.

What will happen with its findings – how will this make any difference?

The interim report in January will be used to inform the Labour Group's submission to Barnet Council's Housing Strategy. The final report will be used to help us try and influence housing policy both locally and nationally. 

Are the commissioners being paid?
The commissioners aren't being paid - they are giving their time on a voluntary basis.

How can I find out more?
Have a look at other pages on this website, come along to one of the Commission's meetings or email us at office@labour4barnet.com.  


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