Chief Executive's blog
A blog written by our Chief Executive, David Montague. Each month David reflects on events at L&Q and in the housing sector, and offers his opinions on current and future events.
About David Montague
David Montague has been chief executive of L&Q since February 2008. He has been with L&Q since 1989 and served as Group Director of Finance before his current appointment.
David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and writes and lectures on social housing and business planning issues.
In February 2007 Professor John Hills published "Ends and Means; the Future Roles of Social Housing in England". His report claimed that social housing played a crucial role in the lives of four million households in England offering security, stability and a level of quality and affordability that private sector tenants didn't enjoy. Then the World fell over, six years on how are we doing against Hills' four priorities?
We saw quite a few housing related announcements in last weeks Autumn Statement, one left me puzzled – the overall cap on welfare spending.
Is debt good or is it bad? Householders, corporations and government should borrow more, or they should borrow less?
David Cameron wants to see more people who are not white and middle class in top jobs. "You've got to get out there and find people, win them over, get them to raise aspirations, get them to think they can get all the way to the top." It isn't fair that people's life chances should be affected by the place where they were born. That's why I work for a housing association, because housing associations change the place where people live.
If Plan A won't deliver enough homes and Plan B has been consigned to the dustbin, maybe it's time for Plan C - C for Construction.