Ealing Council has brought together a high-powered commission to look at how the big issues in the sector could affect Ealing.
Private Sector rent levels in Ealing are among the highest in London, says the council, and they are concerned that much of the borough’s housing is out of reach for lower income households. Ealing’s Housing Commission will examine possible ways of providing more affordable homes, particularly social rented, and also consider how new government policy might affect housing in the borough.
Commission members include chief executives of housing associations, construction experts, leaders in local government and academics. The commission is expected to report its findings within six months and will cover:
– What can be done to improve choice and quality in both private and social housing
– What policies would encourage social landlords to provide more homes
– How more social housing could be provided
– What would encourage private landlords to provide good quality, affordable homes
– The impact housing has on people’s lives, including their ability to find jobs
– What else needs to be done to build successful, sustainable communities.
As well as the Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell and Councillor Hitesh Tailor, the Cabinet Member for Housing, the Commission members are Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham;
Michael Hill of Countryside Properties, Mark Mitchener of Rydon Construction, and David Montague of London & Quadrant – all of whom are already working on estate regeneration projects with Ealing Council; David Lunts from the London Homes & Communities Agency; Dame Mavis McDonald of Catalyst Housing Group, and Brendan Sarsfield of Family Mosaic; and Adrian Harvey, a public policy expert, Chris Hamnett from King’s College London and James Gregory from The Fabian Society.