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As the Government’s latest cabinet reshuffle sees Kit Malthouse appointed as the UK’s 17th housing minister in 20 years, Belvoir is once again calling for the appointment of an independent housing tsar.
Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir says: “It is almost a year to the day since Belvoir wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, asking her to seriously consider the appointment of a cross-party housing tsar who could work with industry experts, social housing providers and all housing stake holders to create a stable property market with long-term vision.
“The Prime Minister arranged for Alok Sharma, housing minister at the time, to reply to me directly. In a lengthy and informative letter Sharma covered the key points that we raised, and confirmed his wish to work with Belvoir on important issues in the future. Just two months later, London Mayor Sadiq Khan also backed Belvoir’s calls for the appointment of a housing tsar.
“Kit Malthouse is now the eighth housing minister to have been appointed since the Tories came into power in 2010. His predecessor Dominic Raab, lasted just six months before taking up the role of Brexit secretary. As housing ministers have historically only remained in post for a matter of months, the necessity for increased market stability, with increased incentives for landlords to remain in the market, and protection for the millions of tenants who desperately need good quality homes, being more important than ever before.
“Belvoir believes that the urgent appointment of a housing tsar, would be an effective way to improve market stability. A housing tsar would be able to work with industry experts and politicians from all parties, and then make recommendations to the new housing minister. This would not only help to alleviate pressure on the private rental sector, but would also benefit the entire housing industry.”
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