Housing Taskforce Hold First Meeting

At the Housing Implementation Taskforce meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May has stressed “a step change was needed right across government” to ease the housing shortage, as she chaired their first meeting. Several Cabinet Ministers attended including Chancellor Philip Hammond and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling along with Housing Secretary Sajid Javid.

The meeting was held on Monday 6 February and according to a Downing Street spokesperson, the PM stressed the crucial role that all government departments had to play in “helping to fix the broken housing market and deliver 300,000 additional homes by the mid-2020s”.

The PM reiterated “that a step change was needed right across government and that all departments needed to think creatively about how they can contribute to building the homes the country needs,” the spokesperson added.

Topics of discussion included the steps the government had already taken to solving the crisis, “including further investment at the Budget, planning reform, releasing land faster, the Housing White Paper and building more affordable housing”.

The taskforce also highlighted the “key role” of Homes England in affecting change, and discussed new homes supply, public sector land sales, landbanking, housebuilding skills and building the necessary infrastructure for new homes.