8:27 AM, 9th January 2018, About 5 years ago 4
Theresa May has taken the opportunity of a Cabinet reshuffle to promote her focus on housing by creating the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Following the appointment of Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP as the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the department will be renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“Building the homes our country needs is an absolute priority for this government and so I’m delighted the Prime Minister has asked me to serve in this role. The name change for the department reflects this government’s renewed focus to deliver more homes and build strong communities across England.”
The NLA responded to the news saying:
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today. Housing strategy should be at the forefront of the Government’s thinking.
“However, we hope that this works out to be more than just rebranding exercise, and that Mr Javid and his department will look to address the housing crisis by genuinely working across all tenures, not by fixating on building more homes.”
Property118 hopes that the new department will have the resource and experience to realise it can work with the Private Rental Sector to help alleviate the housing crisis rather than consider landlords as populist political pawns.
We are all watching this space!
Breaking News Update:
Key Back Bench Brexiteer Dominic Raab has just been appointed as housing minister.
Dominic will work alongside Sajid Javid and is the 16th housing minister in only 20 years!