New housing minister to be appointed as Raab made Brexit Secretary
A new housing minister is set to be appointed after Dominic Raab was made Brexit Secretary earlier today (09/07/18).
Raab will replace David Davis in the role, who resigned late on Sunday evening stating that he could not continue to support the Brexit policy.
Raab’s successor will be the eighth person to take on the role in just eight years, he was appointed in January this year.
Commenting on the cabinet changes was CEO of Emoov, Russell Quirk. He said: “Housing has become the poor relation in British politics, a ministerial post that should have a well oiled revolving door attached to the position.
“We are in the midst of a housing crisis – a deficit of 100,000 new homes each year and acute unaffordability whereby first-time buyers will soon celebrate their 40th birthday before being able to buy a home.
“We need consistency in government where the housing brief is concerned. And it must be a proper cabinet position, not a junior role relegated to the corridors of Whitehall.
“How are we as an industry or indeed the civil service to take the Government seriously when they say that housing is a priority when, in fact, they play ‘Fantasy Housing Minister League’ like this with scant regard for the consequences?”