Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named Chris Pincher as the next Housing Minister, replacing Esther McVey. He becomes the tenth Housing Minister in the last ten years, and the fourth in the last three years.
He will not be receiving the same cabinet privileges as his predecessor, as the Housing Minister has been taken off the Cabinet attendee list.
Pincher has been the MP for Tamworth since 2010. He was previously Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.
“Delighted to be appointed as the Minister of State for Housing – though sad to be leaving a great team at Foreign Office,” stated Pincher. “This Government will deliver on our commitment to build the housing that people need. Looking forward to getting stuck in alongside Robert Jenrick.”
Jenrick will be staying on as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The Institute for Government recently commented that the number of different housing ministers since 1997 left the UK “often lacking” a department strong enough to articulate a coherent housing policy.
“As a former Deputy Chief Whip and Foreign Office Minister, Christopher Pincher knows how Government works and should be well-equipped to fight for the resources we need to tackle the national housing crisis,” commented Ali Akbor, Chief Executive, Unity Homes. “I hope the Prime Minister allows him to get on with the job. Ten Housing Ministers in ten years goes some way to explaining why the problems we face in housing continue to rumble on. It is surely time for continuity in that role.”
“The newly-elected Government has placed home ownership much higher on its priority list than increasing the number of affordable properties developed by housing associations. I hope that Mr Pincher will quickly understand the role we can play to build more homes, improve people’s lives and enable local communities to become more sustainable.”
“UK housing is in crisis. Levels of homelessness are skyrocketing, there is a complete lack of affordable housing, and the tragedy of Grenfell remains at the forefront of people’s minds. The revolving door at the Ministry of Housing means Tory Ministers have repeatedly failed to get a grip on these issues,” noted Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson. “The new Housing Minister must act urgently to ensure adequate safe and secure accommodation is made available right across the country.
“We welcome the appointment of Christopher Pincher as the new Housing Minister. With a majority government now in place, the minister has the chance to set out a long-term vision for planning and housing, whilst having the capacity to implement tangible reform,” commented Cllr David Williams, Chairman of the County Councils Network.
“The government should seek to move away from simply planning by numbers; instead focusing on homes of all tenures, in the right places matched with the right infrastructure.”
ARCO, the body representing providers of housing with care for older people, welcomed Pincher’s appointment and that of Helen Whately as Care Minister.
“One of the biggest opportunities open to both Ministers is to work with our sector and consumer champions to ensure that as Retirement Communities develop we can play the biggest possible role in housing and social care. Our sector stands ready to work with them to achieve this. Let’s not let this opportunity go to waste.”
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