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9 AUG 2018

Join us at Party Conferences: Ensure your voice is heard

At the 2018 Labour and Conservative Party Conferences RICS, alongside other industry bodies, will be hosting fringe events focusing on housing, including affordability and supply, as well as the importance of diversity and an adequate and professional skills base to drive the sector forwards.

We need our professionals and others working in the property industry to join us at these events, in Liverpool and Birmingham, to ensure our high-profile panels reflect and answer industry concerns, as well as present collaborative solutions to those at the forefront of policy. 

To help us do this, you can submit your questions and solutions to industry issues in advance by email.

Labour in Liverpool - Building the next generation

It is estimated that the construction industry will need to find almost 230,000 new recruits between 2016-2020 to avoid the rapidly worsening skills shortage. TheBuilding the Next Generation: Skills, diversity and the built environment sectordebate, in collaborationwith CIOB, RIBA and the RTPI, will tackle how the industry can attract a more diverse workforce and what needs to change to ensure we have the talent required to keep-up with rising demand for skills in key areas such as infrastructure and housing.

Panellists will include Roberta Blackman-Woods (Shadow Minister for Housing), Helen Hayes (MP, former planner and member of the HCLG Select Committee).

Held on Monday 24 September at RIBA North from 19:00-19:45, this debate will be followed by a drinks reception from 19:45-21:00. Please submit any questions you have for the government, on diversity and skills in the built environment.

Conservative in Birmingham - Diversity & skills

This session – in collaboration with CIOB, RIBA and RTPI - will address Diversity & Skills in the Built Environment and the need to increase our talent pipeline and create a more inclusive industry to meet the current skills crisis.  It will also address how the industry can make sure opportunities and progression are on offer to all people as research suggests that firms in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21 per cent more likely to enjoy above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile.

The in-conversation reception (Damian Hands, Secretary of State for Education attendance TBC) is being held in Birmingham onSunday 30 Septat the Conservative Party Conferencein the secure zone (a Conservative Party Conference pass is needed) from 17:30-19:00.

Email Kayleigh Hadjimina to register to attend and please submit any questions you have for the government, on diversity and skills in the built environment to us by email.

Conservative in Birmingham - Flagship housing reception

Join us for our flagship annual Residential Reception: Opening Doors for the Locked Out Generation to hear an expert panel discuss alternative approaches to tackling the UK’s housing crisis. So far, many solutions have been tried, but with limited success.

James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) is TBC, whilst confirmed panellists include John Penrose (Chair of APPG for Housing and Planning) Victoria Hills (RTPI), Michael Newey (Broadland Housing Group), Peter Bolton-King (RICS), and Jeff Doble (Dexters).

Held at Deloitte in Birmingham, this event will take place on 1 October from 17:30-20:00. Please submit any questions you have for the panel, on housing supply and demand by email.

Together our industry can drive change

The Party Conferences are the largest political events annually. Every year RICS hosts sessions and also collaborates with other leading institutes to drive change, and to make sure Government - and those who influence policy - are being spoken to, not only about the issues, but are aware of how important our sector is to helping solve them.