Richard Blakeway
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Richard is responsible for overseeing the Mayor's statutory housing powers, including £3 billion of investment and around 600 hectares of land, following the transfer of functions and assets from the London Homes and Communities Agency and the London Development Agency to the GLA. He also has strategic oversight of the land of the GLA Group and the Mayor's statutory housing strategy.

Richard previously worked in the House of Commons, including for the Conservative Party's policy review, and in 2004 helped launch and edit the International Development Magazine circulated to over 100 countries. He advised the Government of Somaliland, in East Africa, on their election process ahead of the first ballot in the region for 40 years and subsequently worked as an election observer in the Ukraine during the country's parliamentary elections following the Orange Revolution.

Richard is a Young Ambassador for the Samaritans and Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. He is a non executive director of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and chairs the Homes for London board.

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Boosting London's Housing Options

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (10:24)

London's cost of housing is well known - but there is one product, if there was more of it, that remains remarkably affordable.

Intermediate housing accounts for just 1.3% of London's housing stock at the moment. It includes a whole range of different financial products but all do the same...

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Chinese Investment Deal Marks New Era for Royal Docks

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (13:15)

London's Royal Docks were once the centre of enterprise in the capital, a gateway to markets in the UK and beyond. Over the years many attempts have been made to kick-start a resurgence of the capital's waterways but while Canary Wharf boomed the Docklands remained stubbornly empty.


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It's Time to Recognise the Vital Role That Renting in the Capital Plays

(11) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (23:00)

News that the most recent census results found more people renting in London than owning their own homes is not entirely unexpected. Even in the days when it was possible to get a 100% mortgage, when the housing market was more buoyant, private renting doubled in the capital.


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