Leader of Camden Council to speak at Barnet Labour Housing Commission launch

Leader of Camden Council, Cllr Sarah Hayward will be guest speaker at the launch of the Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission this Thursday 20 November at 7pm, The Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway.

The Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission has been established to investigate solutions to the housing crisis, in particular how we can increase the supply of affordable homes for rent and home ownership in the Borough, and how we can improve standards in the private rented sector.

The Commission is being launched at a public meeting at 7pm on Thursday 20 November, at the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway – all members of the public are welcome.

The Commission will run for eight months, with at least six meetings - all open to the public - and will take evidence from independent housing experts, other London Boroughs and the local community. Anyone can submit written evidence to the Commission by emailing office@labour4barnet.com.

The Commission will produce an interim report in January 2015 and a final report in September 2015. The findings of the commission will be used to try and influence local and national housing policy, to help build more affordable homes and improve standards in the private rented sector.

The Commission will be Chaired by Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee, Labour spokesperson on planning and housing supply and member of the Housing Committee. Nicky has a long track record of developing housing policy at all levels of government, and was the first London statutory Deputy Mayor with responsibility for the London Plan.

The Joint Vice-Chairs of the Commission are Cllr Alison Moore, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group and Cllr Ross Houston, Labour’s Housing Spokesperson.

The other Commissioners are:

Tony Clements, former policy advisor to John Healey, the last Labour Housing Minister and an editor of the Red Brick blog on social housing.

Rabbi Danny Rich, Barnet resident and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism.

Rev'd Colin Smith, Barnet resident and senior Methodist Minister in the borough.

Janet Solomons, Barnet resident and former Social Care professional.

Glyn Thomas, Barnet resident and Board Member of the largest Secondary Housing Co-op in London and the South East.

Bob Young, public health and housing practitioner, Director of the Academy of Urbanism, former Director of Housing at City of Manchester and former Chief Executive of Newham's Local Space Housing Association.

Cllr Ross Houston said: "I’m delighted that Sarah is able to join us on Thursday to help launch our Housing Commission and tell us what Camden are doing to increase the supply of affordable homes and explore different models to help renters including offering longer tenancies.

"Like Barnet, the cost to buy a house or rent in Camden is beyond affordable for many people – we need to share ideas as to how to tackle the housing crisis in order to find solutions that work for local residents."

Notes: 

1. Full details of the Labour Group Housing Commission, including details of future meetings and ways to participate or submit evidence can be found here: http://betterbarnet.org.uk/housing_commission  

2. Further information on our Housing Commissioners can be found here: http://betterbarnet.org.uk/commissioners 

3. To sign-up to attend the launch event on Thursday go to:  http://betterbarnet.org.uk/housingcommission

4. For more information about what Camden are doing on housing see:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/04/housing-market-broken-camden-conservatives

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For further details please contact:

Cllr Alison Moore: cllr.a.moore@barnet.gov.uk

Cllr Ross Houston: cllr.r.houston@barnet.gov.uk
 
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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