George to speak at Scottish Empty Homes Conference
George will be a special guest speaker at the 5th Annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference on the 17th November 2015 at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh.
The conference is THE empty homes event of the year in Scotland for empty homes practitioners, senior council officers, elected members and anyone with an interest in private sector empty homes work from Housing Associations to landlords and community groups.
George will give a Keynote Address in his role as Government Empty Homes Adviser.
Making more homes available by tackling the number of empty dwellings up and down the UK has been a major passion for George for several years now.
Speaking about the issue George said: “There is absolutely no point in creating new-build properties on green sites when we’ve got empty houses in city centres where people want to live. It just doesn’t make any sense. We’ve got 350,000 long-term empty homes – swathes of terraced property all over Britain. The government tell you ‘Oh people don’t want to live in them anymore’. Well you’ll realise when you’re watching the series that there’s a hell of a lot of people that would more than happily live in them. They need a bit of upgrading – a new boiler, new electrics, a bit of insulation and some double-glazing – but they’re perfectly good homes. What I’ve definitely proven in the series is that it’s cheaper to refurb what you’ve got than build new – recycle the old rather than build new.”