Parliamentary group to lobby on housing and development policy

A new cross-party parliamentary group has been formed to lobby the Government on housing policy.

The new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning will be chaired by James Cartlidge, Conservative MP for South Suffolk. Mr Cartlidge commented:

“Housing is increasingly becoming one of the most critical policy challenges facing local and national government, and with a Housing Bill pending, it is likely to become more political and controversial.  In this context, a cross-party parliamentary group focussed objectively on the national policy challenge of housing offers a vehicle for taking the debate forward in a way that is both positive and constructive.”

The group’s four vice-chairs have been named as Mark Prisk, Conservative member for Hertford and Stortford (Housing Minister 2010-2012); Helen Hayes, Labour member for Dulwich and West Norwood; Stephen Pound, Labour member for Ealing North; and Lord Richard Best, a cross-bench peer and President of the Local Government Association.

The group’s creation is a further sign of how housing is increasingly drawing the attention of politicians – a reflection of its increasing prominence in the minds of voters.

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