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Drink think tank 6


Drink think tanks are a forum for CIH London members to debate the key subjects and pose questions on many relevant housing issues. The sixth session in this popular series took place just before Christmas.

Image from the event The subject this time round was 'Mayor's housing zones - 50,000 new homes?' and looked at whether the right to buy extension, starter homes, pay to stay and rent reduction will hinder or help to deliver the Mayor's promise.

Jamie Ratcliff, assistant director for Programme, policy and services at the GLA was the man on the mic, talking about the impact for the London housing programme as a result of the right to buy voluntary agreement and the ability of the GLA to protect London house building. He outlined the delivery frameworks and governance in place to make this happen. Jamie was an excellent speaker and generated lots of questions from the audience on building homes, funding and investment and general concerns, opinions and plans to help move housing forward.

The evening was finished off by Stephen Gee, managing partner at John Rowan and Partners, who again sponsored the event, before attendees continued the discussion at the bar.

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