Nick Raynsford

Nick Raynsford

Nick Raynsford has been the member of parliament for Greenwich since 1992 and Greenwich and Woolwich since 1997. He joined the government in 1997 and held responsibility for housing, planning and construction as well as being minister for London. He was minister for local and regional government in the office of the deputy prime minister from 2001 to 2005. He was made a privy councillor in the 2001 New Year’s Honours. He left the government in 2005. Nick was shadow minister for housing and construction from 1994 and front bench spokesperson for London from 1993. He was a member of the environment select committee from 1992 to 1993. He was member of parliament for Fulham from 1986 to1987 and was a councillor for the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from 1971 to 1975. He was director of SHAC, the London Housing Aid Centre from 1976 to 1986, and director of Raynsford & Morris Housing Consultants from 1987 to 1992. Nick Raynsford is honorary vice chairman of the Construction Industry Council. He is an honorary fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Structural Engineers, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Royal Town Planning Institute, and an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Housing.  He is president of the Labour Housing Group, the National Home Improvement Council, Youthbuild and the Constructionarium, and a vice president of the Town and Country Planning Association. He is chairman of Triathlon Homes, the NHBC Foundation, the Fire Protection Association Council, the Centre for Public Scrutiny and a Trustee of Open City. He is a non-executive Director of Hometrack.

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    Stealing is good

    2015-08-21T06:00:00

    Bent on pursuing its ideological objectives, the government has dismissed the Lyons and Armitt reports. Instead, it should plunder them and present the best solutions as its own

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    Time to be heard

    2015-03-05T06:00:00

    MPs are frequently having their ears bent by lobby groups opposed to construction activity, but the run-up to May’s election is a real opportunity to redress the balance

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    No sense of direction

    2013-03-12T10:26:00

    In this month’s Budget the chancellor needs to address the disastrously low levels of housebuilding with, says Nick Raynsford, a radical reallocation of current funding

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    Political reshuffles: Here today, gone tomorrow

    2013-10-25T06:00:00

    It wasn’t exactly a night of the long knives, but a trio of political reshuffles in the space of a day served only to rob us of much-needed expertise, especially in housing

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    We can do more for unemployed youngsters

    2014-03-18T08:49:00

    Construction needs to think seriously about how to get more of the UK’s huge number of unemployed young people into the industry. A recent report has some simple suggestions

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    Expect the unexpected

    2014-10-17T06:00:00

    The really exciting thing about next May’s general election is how unpredictable it is. But there is one thing you can be sure of: the outcome matters for construction

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    The home front

    2010-11-05T00:00:00

    Nick Raynsford If public indignation at the coalition’s housing policies were not enough to demonstrate their unpopularity, the doubts of backbenchers within the ruling parties should be

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    A bonus worthy of Scrooge

    2010-12-17T00:00:00

    The government wants the new homes bonus to spark a resurgence in housebuilding. But it is too complex, bureaucratic and riddled with anomalies to work

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    Crossrail will breath life into Woolwich

    2011-02-17T09:33:00

    A landmark £100m deal between Berkeley Homes and Crossrail will put Woolwich on the map

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    Social housing: Locked out

    2011-10-14T00:00:00

    Families living in social housing rely on subsidies to make ends meet, but with higher rents and reduced benefits affordable homes are becoming anything but

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    Government housing strategy: Falling short

    2011-11-23T08:00:00

    This week’s government housing strategy offers some hope to first-time buyers but it is an inadequate response to the fact that we are not building enough homes

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    So much housing rhetoric, so little delivery

    2012-04-13T00:00:00

    The housing minister can make 10 policy announcements before breakfast but nothing can disguise the fact that he is incapable of delivering on any of it, says Nick Raynsford

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    A single voice for the industry

    2012-06-15T00:00:00

    We speak fine words of collaboration, but all attempts to set up a representative industry-wide voice are torn apart by factionalism and confrontation, says Nick Raynsford

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    The New Homes Bonus: Home truths

    2012-08-03T00:00:00

    The coalition’s much vaunted New Homes Bonus to increase housebuilding is falling victim to perverse incentives, lazy definitions and unsustainable cost

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    Best buys for the taxpayer

    2008-11-07T00:00:00

    Now we’re all Keynesians again, public money is going to be spent on stimulating demand. But in the case of social housing, what should it actually buy? Nick Raynsford has some suggestions

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    Fight!

    2008-12-12T00:00:00

    Last week, Michael Gove in the blue corner dismissed the pre-Budget report. Nick Raynsford, in the red, explains how his party’s policies will pave the way to recovery for construction

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    Don’t stop now

    2009-02-20T00:00:00

    It is vital to maintain good working practices and industry capacity, so that when the recession ends Britain can meet the challenges of a new era

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    Don’t lose your balance

    2009-03-27T00:00:00

    Affordable housing may be one of the few lifelines for builders at the moment, but we must make sure we don’t fall back into the trap of creating ghettos for the poor

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    A tricky hand well played

    2009-05-01T00:00:00

    Darling’s Budget was about as good as it could have been under the circumstances – but the real challenges are only just beginning

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    Human sacrifice won't help us

    2009-06-05T00:00:00

    Kicking out apprentices and slashing training is not going to cure the recession, but it will kill the recovery. What firms need to do is keep their nerve – and their staff

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