Shapps has gone, will Mark Prisk make a better Housing Minister?

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18:20 PM, 4th September 2012
About 8 years ago

Shapps has gone, will Mark Prisk make a better Housing Minister?

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Shapps has gone, will Mark Prisk make a better Housing Minister?

Following the recent cabinet reshuffle Mark Prisk MP has been announced as the successor to Grant Schapps.

Do readers of think Mark Prisk will do a better job?

Mark Prisk Housing MinisterWill 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.”

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Mark Alexander

18:02 PM, 7th September 2012
About 8 years ago

Hi Annette, I appreciate your confidence, however, I think Paul Barrett hit the nail on the head when he doubted whether Mark Prisk has even heard of Property118. That would make my letter no more effective than you which sadly means that the TV, radio, tabloids and the broadsheets will continue to influence Politicians significantly more with the trash they report as opposed to people who really do have an insight into what needs to be done.

Devon Landlord

9:09 AM, 8th September 2012
About 8 years ago

In response to Annette's comments about the new Minister not being aware of our community and probably never seeing the emails, she may have a point. However, the Aavaz community, to which I also belong, is making major steps forward in bringing serious issues to the notice of the political classes worldwide, so why do we not do the same. If the Minister gets huge nimbers of comments in his postbag he might sit up and take notice. My only advice is to keep the comments short and make our suggestions realistic. Keep you own MP in on the loop as a back up, then you can chase them to discover if the Minister gets the information about our concerns. If we do not try we will never find out will we. But, Mark, you go for it too. Anything to help us would be appreciated.

Annette Stone

4:23 AM, 9th September 2012
About 8 years ago

I still maintain that the biggest obstacle to any change will be the Minister's vested interest in remaining an MP and therefore subject to pressure to conform to both media pressure and the pressure of his constituency whether this be an area where social housing tenants can exert the most pressure or an area where there is a huge concentration of large landowners who also have vested interests
The requirement to provide a housing policy which will develop and remain relevant for years to come cannot happen without cross party agreement

Paul Roper

12:58 PM, 23rd July 2013
About 8 years ago

Yes, I have been in touch with Mr. Prisk quite a few times I think he is still in denial.
The minority leaseholders at Trafalgar Court Mundesley has been going to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal since 2001 until 2013.

Here's why— our freeholder moved in tenants from the local drink and drug clinic into 13 of his 24 flats these tenants terrified minority leaseholder the freeholder then offered us £2,500 for our flats; this cycle has continued. The freeholder sold 13 flats for £1 each. However, they still remain registered at his home/managing agent address. He put his flats into CORPORATE CLOSURE, which has saved him about £250,000 in council tax.

Recently, he paid £3,600 for Grant Thornton's to finish the accounts which would have given him all the £119,000 of our building funds if they were true thank goodness the LvT threw them out however it was noted that he had left out about 50% of the previous accounts that he should have given to Grant Thornton's.

We have been going on like this at the LVT since 2001 until 2013.

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