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New housing minister appointment amid fears of excessive turnover

By Fraser Gregory  //  Fri 21st February 2020
The new minister will have plenty to keep him busy. Figures from the National Housing Federation estimate that 8.4 million people in England live in insecure or unsuitable homes
New housing minister appointment 2020
Christopher Pincher is the UK’s new housing minister, following Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, which saw the sacking of Esther McVey.

Mr Pincher is the tenth person to hold the job in the past decade, and the nineteenth since 2000, leading industry experts to question excessive ministerial ‘churn’.

Such high turnover is thought to be an issue for the housing sector, because this complex area brings together construction, finance, public services and taxation, impacting on the lives of most citizens

The new minister will have plenty to keep him busy. Figures from the National Housing Federation estimate that 8.4 million people in England live in insecure or unsuitable homes with 2.5 million unable to afford their rent or mortgage.

And, nearly 1,000 days after the Grenfell fire killed 72 people, the safety of tower blocks remains a concern, with 174 privately-owned buildings retaining similar cladding to that which featured in the blaze.

In a joint statement, Mark Hayward and David Cox of ARLA Propertymark said: “Unfortunately, the lack of continuity in this post and the persistent changes means it’s near impossible for anyone in the role to make an impact. Fixing the broken housing market should be the priority, and there’s a number of consultations and policies that requires action.”

Robert Jenrick – who supported Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign – stays on as Housing and Communities Secretary. However, even at this level, there has been a high turnover with three secretaries of state - Robert Jenrick, Sajid Javid and James Brokenshire - since 2018.

Rishi Sunak, who replaces Sajid Javid as Chancellor, does, however, bring housing experience to the Treasury, having previously served as a junior minister in the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government. He also sat on the parliamentary committee that scrutinised the Tenant Fees Bill.

Read more about this story in City AM and Property Industry Eye.

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