19 Jun

Healey makes first speech as housing minister

Healey makes first speech as housing minister

John Healey made his inaugural speech as housing and planning minister during the opening day of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday.

He recently took on the role following a cabinet reshuffle by prime minister Gordon Brown - a move that also saw Ian Austin join the Communities and Local Government department as the minister responsible for the private rented sector.

Mr Healey addressed the large crowd and fended off questions from an array of delegates in attendance.

His CIH speech included a call for local government to have more of a role in UK housing by being given more scope to build, commission and allocate housing in light of the needs of local people.

Exhibitors at the event, which is running until June 18th at Harrogate International Centre, Yorkshire, include estate agent Savills, housing intelligence organisation Hometrack and the National House-Building Council.

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