Director of External Affairs, Home Builders Federation
John Slaughter has a general representational role at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and is also responsible for a wide range of policy issues at both national and regional level.
Housing and Brexit
Gathering valuable industry insight and knowledge during his representative role at the HBF, John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs, tackled key issues facing housing construction both in a political and a social context.
Beginning by covering the growth in concern surrounding housing, John highlights how housing has become an issue held in the same social bracket as the NHS. With housing resonating with so many, he notes the political implications of the population’s concern; a slight shift within the Conservatives, now placing more importance on Social Housing in reaction to Labour’s efforts.
He demonstrates the correlation between voting behavior, age and ability to get onto the property ladder. Citing their dismay at ‘missing out on home ownership’ as a possible reason for the younger electorate voting against the current government.
John touches on the skills shortage within the industry and the short and long-term effect Brexit may have on both labour and imports. He concludes admitting there will inevitably be a ‘new dawn’ post Brexit but reassures delegates that the industry holds the tools to face the challenges head on.