Presentation on theme: "A Vibrant and Sustainable Sector"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Vibrant and Sustainable Sector RICS Members, Policy,Influencing and PressTim Wainwright – Parliamentary Affairs Officer
2 RICS UK External Affairs RICS Royal Charter“Promote the usefulness of the profession for the public advantage in the UK and in any other part of the world.”RICS Corporate ObjectiveRecognition by markets and governments of RICS through standards, qualifications, regulation and thought leadershipMember benefitGovernment use of RICS standards, guidance and member expertise raises the status of RICS standards and increase work opportunities for members. A more sustainable land, property and construction sector results in more work.Role of UK External AffairsRaising the profile of RICS standards and expertise across Westminster, Whitehall, the media and the sector to ensure these are embedded in policy and legislation
4 Briefing Ministers, civil servants and MPs Consultation submissions Real Life ActionBriefing Ministers, civil servants and MPsConsultation submissionsUsing the media to gain influenceSocial MediaParty ConferenceProfessional Groups and Policy PanelsBriefing MinistersGreg Clark ahead of the draft NPPF publicationIain Wright on the issues facing the construction sector, particularly SMEsPPSsMPs on constituency issues – eg neighbourhood planning and floodingCivil Servants on small business lease, TIFs, delivering increased investment in housing and infrastructureConsultation submissionsRICS responds to relevant consulations both in writing and by briefing civil servants with expertise from the membershipMediaNot just about HMS – eg articles and blogs on public sector asset management, solar panels, case studies on issues around not getting a HCR, FM articles, Guardian sustainability blog. All based on expertise of the membershipTwitter/linkedin:Used to gather views from members – eg residential policy, NPPF, SME’s. Also used to communicate with stakeholders – eg MPs and other organisationsParty ConferenceRaises profile of member expertise with senior politiciansProfessional Groups and Policy PanelsAll can apply. Have invited civil servants to attend – eg Planning Policy Panel during NPPF/Localism Bill
5 What has this achieved? Recognition of standards RICS New Rules of Measurement LaunchRICS Public Sector Asset Management GuidelinesRICS guidance embedded in Pubco FrameworkRICS VIPs and Guidance Notes recognised by Government as key to the success of the Green Deal in the Behaviour Change and Energy Use paperThought LeadershipRICS member acts as Special Adviser to a Select Committee inquiryPrivate briefings for Select Committee inquiriesPrivate briefings to senior officials on RICS researchSo how does the theory and practice relate to the RICS Corporate Goals ofRecognition by markets and governments of RICS through standards, qualifications, regulation and thought leadershipProvide our customers with leading edge products, services and information.Be recognised as a leader in responsible business practicesMake RICS more agile, to take advantage of new opportunities.NRMGovernment’s Chief Construction Adviser recognised that chartered surveyors are key to delivering a more consistent approach to measurement of projects end to end and therefore more efficient projectsPSAMGEndorsed by DCLG, Cabinet Office and devolved Governments. Chartered surveyors central to delivering savings on the public estate as well as ensuring good practice is spread beyond the profession and the importance of efficient property management communicated at a senior levelPubcosAfter a long campaign by RICS PA and PGs, RICS guidance embedded in the Government’s new Industry Pubco Framework and rent assessments for new FRI leases must be signed off by an RICS-qualified individual. Green DealRICS VIPs and Guidance will be key in communicating the Green Deal and other energy improvements to consumers.Thought LeadershipDavid McCullogh advised the CLG building regs inquiryResearch – eg DEC research, TIFs etc
6 What difference do members make? Members expressed concern via local offices and online that RICS was not influencing Government to develop a sustainable residential marketRICS undertook a residential policy consultation making clear and practical recommendations to GovernmentRICS welcomes comments on the document atMember communication, particularly via linkedin raised particular issues being experienced by SME members, particularly in the construction sectorRICS is undertaking a consultation with members in construction SMEs to make recommendations to Government Highlighted in RICS Budget SubmissionRICS is a member of the Government’s LEAN Procurement GroupRICS members met with Iain Wright MP, Shadow Construction MinisterYou said, we did
7 What difference do members make? RICS wants to hear from members how the NPPF is operating in practiceRICS will write to Greg Clark MP in the Autumn highlighting the issues you have raised and the solutions RICS can offer GovernmentContribute by ing us with your experiences.RICS gave members the opportunity to explain their practical experience to civil servants writing neighbourhood planning regulations, accompanying the Localism ActRICS member contribution praised by Government – a follow up event plannedMembers consistently highlight the need to reduce VAT to 5% on repair and maintainance to improve stock and deliver businessRICS is an active member of the cross-sector Cut The VAT coalitionPeter Aldous MP wrote to George Osborne on RICS’ behalf ahead of the BudgetRecommendation of RICS Budget submissionRICS working cross sector to gather evidence to attempt to reverse the removal of 0% VAT on alterations in the BudgetMembers expressed contact that changes in the Energy Bill introducing minimum standards by 2018 were unclear and would create market uncertaintyRICS wrote to the Minister expressing these concernsRICS will be contributing views when the exemptions are consulted on in 2012
8 What can RICS do for you?Your understanding of the marketplace is critical in driving RICS UK External Affairs prioritiesWhat are the barriers to getting involved in shaping RICS UK External Affairs prioritiesHow can the barriers be overcomeTime must be recognised as an issue – we aren’t expecting members to do everything. Focus must be on issues that are key to members and that are key in delivering a vibrant sustainable land, property and construction sector and therefore work.
9 What issues are you experiencing in your business? DiscussionWhat issues are you experiencing in your business?What needs to change? (policy, legislation, guidance?)What are your top three issues?What’s the benefit for your business and the land, property and construction sector?What will success in these areas look like?For Matrics events
10 What next?RICS will communicate Action Points to this group and the UK membership following these meetingsRICS will communicate progress via UK News, Professional Groups News, linkedin, twitterKeep in touch!
11 Contact details Mary Thorogood – Parliamentary Affairs Manager Tim Wainwright – Parliamentary Affairs OfficerCOL