CEW E-Bulletin Introduction - 10th November 2017

Brexit confusion; concerns about tax avoidance and the Paradise Papers and economic uncertainty. Should we be worried? Concerned yes, but we will all be better off focussing on the areas within our control:

9th November 2017

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Brexit confusion; concerns about tax avoidance, the Paradise Papers and economic uncertainty. Should we be worried? Concerned yes, but we will all be better off focussing on the areas within our control: namely making sure people making decisions about the Welsh built environment understand the benefits of collaborative working and the importance of focussing on long term value ahead of short term arguments about price.

It is time to focus on the positives. The work of CEW continues and we are focussing on the future. In that spirit I would urge you to read the article in this edition of the newsletter that points to lessons from Australia on how to create affordable and sustainable housing. Yes, it is a different place with some different issues, but their experience has some benefits we can share. And that, after all, is what the collaborative best practice change process we are advocating is all about.

You might have noticed that there have been a few tweaks to how we do things and provide services for our stakeholders. How to book onto CEW events is changing for the better, our brand new online booking system together with our new look newsletter. If you see an event you would like to attend click on the how to book and it will take you to the online system, you will be able to pay online and receive automatic joining instructions. We will need you to ensure your details are up to date as this information will be shown on delegate lists and name badges.

Much of what CEW has achieved and will continue to deliver is done with the support of Government and we have been fortunate to have worked closely with many senior politicians. One of them is Jane Hutt, another is Carl Sargeant whose death was announced on Tuesday. As First Minister Carwyn Jones said in a statement: "He made a big contribution to Welsh public life and fought tirelessly for those he represented both as a minister and as a local assembly member." Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.