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Housing Minister Musical Chairs: Rowley's Second Round

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

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The game of musical chairs that is the UK's housing ministry continues with Lee Rowley stepping up as the 16th housing minister since 2010.

Yes, you read that right. Sixteenth. And if you're experiencing a sense of déjà vu, you're not alone. Rowley previously held the post under the Liz Truss premiership for a brief 49-day stint.

This latest reshuffle comes hot on the heels of Rachel Maclean's shock dismissal, just as the Renters Reform Bill and leasehold legislation were about to be introduced. The timing has raised more than a few eyebrows in the property sector.

Simon Gerrard, managing director of Martyn Gerrard Estate Agents, didn't mince his words, expressing disappointment and frustration at the high turnover of ministers. He questioned the effectiveness of a ministry supposedly dedicated to building new homes when providing people with places to live seems to be low on the government's list of priorities.

Propertymark echoed these sentiments, emphasising the need for stability so that the minister can fully grasp the housing issues across the UK. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns at the agency trade body, expressed disappointment at Maclean’s departure, noting the difficulty in moving housing legislation forward amidst constant change.

So, as we welcome Rowley back to the housing ministry, the question remains: will we finally see some stability and long-term progress in tackling the UK's housing issues? Or will the revolving door of the housing ministry continue to spin? With a General Election just around the corner, we're not holding our breath ...

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