Kate Barker to share her views about the Government’s housing ambitions and whether they can be delivered

Published: 15 February 2008 at 09:54

In a market where many potential first-time buyers are still looking to find affordable housing.

As part of the ‘150 years’ anniversary, to be staged by Anglia Ruskin University this year, Kate Barker, the Chair of Governors, expert on the economy, and housing specialist, will give a lecture on housing policy to which members of the public are invited.

The lecture, entitled Can the UK Housing Market Deliver for Everybody?is on Wednesday 19 March (starting at 6.30pm) in the Auditorium of the Michael A Ashcroft Building on the University’s Rivermead Campus, at Chelmsford.

Kate Barker’s first ‘Review of Housing Supply’ (2004) suggested that the rate of house building in the UK at that time was too slow, unless as a nation we would be prepared to accept increasing problems of homelessness, declining affordability and social division. That review set out a series of policy recommendations to address the lack of supply of housing in the market. Since then, Kate Barker has actively campaigned for a more flexible and effective strategy with regard to UK housing provision.

It is expected that she will discuss the factors behind the rise in house prices over the past decade, and how far it is now true that housing is unaffordable. The Government’s overriding goal is a decent home for all, at a price they can afford. In order to meet this objective, new policies have been announced for planning and for raising infrastructure funding.  New agencies are being set up to deliver regeneration and social housing. But do these policies measure up to the scale of ambition?

In discussing the long-term challenge and the prospects for success, Kate Barker will also seek to dispel some of the myths around housing and land use.

Kate Barker is a notable economic expert. Since 2001, she has been a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, responsible for setting interest rates each month in order to keep inflation on track to meet the Government’s target. She is also a Board member at the Housing Corporation, with particular responsibility for the East of England. In the recent past, Ms Barker has also conducted a major review of land-use planning which has made a significant contribution to the debate. Her previous career includes a period as Chief European Economist at Ford of Europe in Brentwood, and a lobbying role on behalf of business as Chief Economic Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). She took a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Kate lives in Essex with her husband and two teenage sons.

Events to commemorate Anglia Ruskin’s 150th anniversary will feature the work of the University’s five distinctive faculties: the Ashcroft International Business School, the Faculty of Arts, Law &Social Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Health & Social Care and the Faculty of Science & Technology.

To reserve a place at this free public lecture please contact Sarah Webber on tel: 0845 196 4713 or s.webber@anglia.ac.uk