Curtin&Co Critique: Autumn Budget


catherinesenBig and Bold: The New Strong and Stable

Good evening,

Tomorrow Philip Hammond will unveil his latest budget and, this time, he is apparently being urged to shun the “strong and stable” mantra in favour of “big and bold”.

The headlines are meeting the brief: 300,000 new homes?  That should sort out the housing crisis.  But, so far, the how seems to be missing.

One thing which both our Labour and Conservative correspondents (for today – Paul and Martin) agree on is that the industry would back a more radical solution to investment in development.  Another thing they agree on is that the Chancellor is unlikely to provide it this time around.  In fact, they agree on a little too much for my liking: who says the centre ground has disappeared?

In my view, the industry needs a stronger voice.  From smaller house-builders to large landowners and promoters, there is a wealth of expertise and a plethora of ideas at the Government’s disposal and we need to be more forthcoming in shouting about it.  We should be writing the Budget collectively.  After all, lamenting the latest Local Plan delay over lunch may be therapeutic, but it doesn’t mean the right people hear it.

Click here for more from our expert political consultants who sit on either side of the political fence. And if you think we, as an industry, should be more direct with our messages to Government, give us a call for another one of those therapeutic lunches.

Happy dissecting where your money is going tomorrow!



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