At the Regional Dinner of the Chartered Institute of Housing, its President, Steve Benson, presented Sir George with a certificate making him an honorary member of the CIOH.
Steven Benson spoke of Sir George's work for housing in the 80's and 90's, and his recent contribution during the passage of the 2008 Housing Bill.
Responding to Steve Benson, Sir George remarked how controversial reforms he had introduced had now bedded down and were part of the accepted housing landscape. "The private rented sector has recovered, following the introduction of assured tenancies. Local authorities are focussing on their strategic role, now that most of the social housing stock is managed by housing associations. The planning system is being used to secure mixed developments, and we have levered in billions of private finance to complement the public funds invested in social housing."
Sir George said he was concerned by the slump in housebuilding. "The measures recently introduced by the Government are welcome, but much more needs to be done. I hope that today's Housing Minister is having urgent discussions with the Treasury to see how we get the level of starts up to the level the country needs."