DWSN supported the BSA at their annual conference and dinner, represented by Severn Trent Searches.
DWSN supported the BSA at their annual conference and dinner, represented by Severn Trent Searches.This year the event, which attracts over 500 delegates including chairmen, directors and senior managers from building societies, along with key figures from government, regulators, industry bodies and other organisations, was held in Harrogate.
The two days featured thought provoking panels and lively debates. This year housing was a hot topic cropping up in a number of speeches and debates including an insightful session that considered the challenge of Solving the Housing Crisis.
BSA Chairman David Webster reminded delegates that when Mrs Thatcher took office in 1979, less than six in ten of us owned our own homes. Mortgage finance was by and large only available from building societies and there was a distinct culture of ‘save before you buy’ with savings and mortgage coming from the same institution.
Roger Harding at Shelter talked about the Housing Crisis getting deeper, particularly in relation to unaffordability, instability and overcrowding. Shelter sees the housing crisis as political rather than an economic or policy issue and Roger commented that there hasn’t been sufficient political will to address the issue to date. This is not surprising when housing remains a low priority for politicians on the doorstep. Much higher up the agenda is the economy, unemployment, immigration, crime, education and the NHS.
That said; things are beginning to change. All political parties now seem to recognise that there is a housing problem that needs to be addressed and housing issues are now beginning to rise rapidly as a public concern.