18:20 PM, 4th September 2012, About 11 years ago 14
Following the recent cabinet reshuffle Mark Prisk MP has been announced as the successor to Grant Schapps.
Do readers of Property118.com think Mark Prisk will do a better job?
Will Mark Prisk provide the incentives required for landlords not to turn their backs on benefits claimants?
Will Mark Prisk do anything to help the thaw the deep freeze conditions of the UK property market outside of London ?
Will Mark Prisk do anything for the homeless or can we simply expect more publicity stunts from a Housing Minister sleeping on the streets for a night?
According to Wikipedia, Mark Prisk was a former Chairman of Cornwall Young Conservatives and after two unsuccessful parliamentary battles in 1992 (Newham North West) and 1997 (Wansdyke), he was finally elected as the Conservative MP for the constituency of Hertford and Stortford in 2001. Since gaining his seat at Westminister, he has been marked for ministerial office in a future Tory government. He has been promoted from the backbenches to serve at various points as Shadow Financial Secretary, Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs, an opposition whip and Shadow Minister for Business and Enterprise. He is author of several pamphlets on urban design.
In response to the appointment of Mark Prisk MP as the new Housing Minister, Mark Hayward, President of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) said:
“The NAEA congratulates Mark Prisk MP on his appointment to the role of Housing Minister. His first job is to address the growing challenges faced by consumers, and act swiftly to restore confidence in the UK property market which has reached crisis point.
“Concerns amongst potential buyers about job security, the size of deposits needed, mortgage availability, levels of stamp duty and the stability of the market means that levels of home ownership are at their lowest rates for twenty years.
“Whilst the NAEA welcomes initiatives such as the NewBuy mortgage indemnity and FirstBuy schemes, we would like to see more a concrete commitment of support from the Government to kick-start market activity and boost supply and demand levels for new and existing stock. We look forward to working with the Minister to support him in achieving this aim.”
NHBC’s Executive Chairman Isabel Hudson said “The new Minister has a number of challenges across the sector. As our latest new home registrations statistics revealed, although private sector housing registrations in the UK had their best month for over a year this July, registrations in the sector are still down 10% for May to July 2012, compared to the same period last year.”