RICSParliamentary Affairs Manager
As Parliamentary Affairs Manager within the External Affairs team, Lewis is responsible for coordinating our interactions with parliament, the political parties and government departments, and leveraging the reputation of RICS to ensure we are an effective influencer of policy.
Drawing on the extensive expertise of our membership, we aim to use our relationships with government to shape policy for the better, in line with the public interest mandate of RICS.
Prior to joining RICS in November 2014 he worked for KPMG, and also as a campaign coordinator for a government Minister.
Lewis Johnston, 18 Jan 2018
Labour MP Karen Buck’s Private Member’s Bill on Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) has its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 19 January, after Secretary of State, Sajid Javid last week committed to throwing the government’s support behind the legislation.
Lewis Johnston, 11 Jan 2018
This week’s reshuffle again demonstrated the gap between the Government’s rhetoric on housing and the reality of policy-making.
Lewis Johnston, 22 Nov 2017
In the run-up to the budget Phillip Hammond suggested he would be leading a concerted Government effort to deliver 300,000 homes a year. While some industry concerns have been taken into account, overall today’s announcements don’t match up to that ambition.
Lewis Johnston, 16 Nov 2017
Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, we are calling on government to take urgent action to ensure the delivery of affordable homes, fill funding gaps for vital infrastructure, and boost skills to ensure the delivery of both.
Lewis Johnston, 09 Oct 2017
The big topic for discussion at this year’s RICS Housing Reception was the Government’s recent announcements on plans to regulate the Private Rented Sector (PRS).
Lewis Johnston, 12 Jun 2017
The UK has its second hung Parliament in seven years, with no party commanding a majority in the Commons. With the Conservatives proceeding as a minority administration; it is more important than ever that Government listens to the views of the property sector and pursues effective policies across housing, infrastructure and construction.
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