Housing’s revolving door keeps spinning
It’s been a week of political upheaval, and after a mere 181 days in office, Dominic Raab MP, left his housing brief to take up the role of Brexit Secretary. In his place, the new Housing Minister is Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire. Mr Malthouse is the third housing minister since 2017’s general election, and the 17th in the last 20 years…
What does industry make of the new housing minister?
City AM voiced frustration from industry on yet another housing minister, with commentators calling for more stability in the role, which has seen eight different ministers since 2010.
The Negotiator had more info on Malthouse’s background, explaining he is a former accountant, and most recently was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions, overseeing the implementation of Universal Credit.
Support, don’t punish private landlords, begs trade body
Research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows that landlord sentiment to the sector and investments is deteriorating. They estimate on top of the 46,000 privately rented homes that have already been lost there will be a further net loss of 133,000 homes to rent.