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Revolving door for Housing Ministers doesn’t help deliver new homes

Revolving door for Housing Ministers doesn’t help deliver new homes

Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have dropped several cards during her Cabinet reshuffle – and the appointment of Dominic Raab as Housing Minister isn’t likely to fill the UK construction sector with confidence.

Raab replaces Alok Sharma and will work under new Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities Sajid Javid. He will be the 15th housing minister in 17 years.

Helm Construction Chief Executive Gary Sheppard said: “Surely it makes sense to keep some continuity in what is a key Government’s policy. It’s difficult to maintain momentum in the construction sector delivering new homes and large scale infrastructure projects when ministers are only in post for 12 months or so.

“While there is bound to be uncertainty over the current direction of travel it is obvious we need large numbers of new homes if there is going to be any serious attempt to reduce housing waiting lists over the term of the new Government.”

Industry members have criticised the continual changes in the role, stating that a long-term solution needs long-term planning and minister need have more experience in that sector.