Alok Sharma is the new Minister of State for Housing and PlanningMake Text Bigger
Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West has replaced Gavin Barwell as the new Minister of State for Housing and Planning.
However, this role is not deemed important enough under Theresa May to be a Cabinet position.
Alok Sharma under the DCLG will now be responsible for:
- Housing supply policy
- Home ownership policy
- Planning policy
- Planning casework oversight
- Homes and Communities Agency sponsorship
- Estates regeneration
- Thames Gateway
- Building regulations
- Private rented sector regulation
- Neighbourhood Planning Bill
Mr Sharma Tweeted yesterday
— Alok Sharma (@AlokSharma_RDG) June 13, 2017
Alok Sharma has previously served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee, a member of the Commons Science and Technology select committee and a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury. From 2012-15 was the Conservative Party Vice Chairman and in 2016 Alok was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India.
He is a Chartered accountant qualified with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years within banking, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities.
Alok has not declared previous interest or experience in housing policy and has so far only fought against what he considers unsustainable development in his constituency. He is also going to have to work with the DUP who’s policy on housing says the case for investment in social housing is ”unarguable” and the DUP is committed to building 8,000 social and affordable homes by 2020.
Obviously this is in the context of Northern Ireland’s housing needs, but it will be difficult to have completely different policies elsewhere in the UK if the more progressive fiscal attitude of the DUP is accepted in whatever Supply and Confidence deal is done to get the Conservatives over the line.
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