Category Archives: Government

Preparing for Winter Floods: the National Flood Resilience Review – September 2016

Earlier this month the Government published the results of the first stage of its review examining how the UK can be better protected from future flooding and extreme weather events. The ‘National Flood Resilience Review’ (NFRR) began in January, initially chaired by Oliver Letwin MP in his then position as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Led from the Cabinet

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Solving London’s housing crisis: moving on from the status quo

The RGS-IBG ran a public discussion ‘Life off the Ladder’ on 15 June looking at whether long-term renting and alternative housing options could ever be sustainable alternatives to home-ownership in the UK. David Ireland OBE, Director, Building and Social Housing Foundation says in this guest blog that policy-makers should also question the status quo of owner occupation. “The RGS-IBG 21st

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A model to solve the housing crisis for ‘generation rent’?

Policy Network, a London-based progressive think tank, hosted a breakfast briefing on 26 April to launch a paper proposing a new model of home occupation to solve the capital’s housing crisis. With house prices rapidly rising across London, and rent increases outstripping inflation and wage increases, those around the table at the event described London as becoming ‘hollowed out’ as

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Tackling London’s Housing Crisis

Panellists at a lively Question Time – style event at UCL last night set out various technical solutions to London’s housing crisis, but concluded that ultimately strong and forward-thinking political leadership was most important to lead to genuine change. Chaired by Peter Wynne-Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning at the Bartlett, UCL, the panel’s discussion was wide-ranging and at

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Opportunities and Threats for UK Environmental Policy

Major threats to environmental policy over the current Parliament include deregulation, economic uncertainty and the dominance of the Treasury, according to panellists at a ‘Castle Debate‘ at the Law Society on 15th March. The event, ‘Government Environmental Policy: Opportunities and Threats‘, was the latest in a regular programme of discussion meetings organised by Pamela Castle OBE, providing an opportunity for leading

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