There are concerns about continuity after yet another change at the recently re-formed Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government), its stated aim being to “create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.”
After yet another very short tenure Sajid Javid passes on the housing baton to James Brokenshire at what is a crucial time for the housing and rental sector.
James Brokenshire’s challenge is to build on the start that Javid made before his sudden move to the Home office. He must now raise the profile of housing in government and implementing policies which will effectively tackle the housing shortage.
The Former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire returns to government after a serious illness, and is now promoted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Before the Northern Ireland post, Mr Brokenshire had served as a minister at the Home Office.
A former lawyer and partner at the law firm Jones Day, Brokenshaw became Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup in May 2010.
Mr Brokenshire has said he is “honoured” to take on the role as Housing Secretary and he was looking forward to “taking the government’s agenda forward especially on building the homes our country needs”.
National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr said of Sajid Javids’ time that “real progress” had been made in housing giving his successor “an important platform to build on.”
Others expressed concerns about the number of ministerial changes in housing but are hoping that James Brokenshire can “buck the trend”, by providing some stability to the government’s housing policy and this time, see through the much needed reforms.
Brian Berry, chief executive at the Federation of Master Builders, said: “Sajid Javid passes the housing baton to James Brokenshire at a crucial time for the sector. We hope that Brokenshire will build on Javid’s good work, both in terms of raising the profile of housing as an issue at Cabinet level, and implementing some sound policies aimed at tackling the housing shortage.”
Johnny Caddick, managing director at Real Estate Management and Development Company Moda Living Limited had said:
“Sajid Javid oversaw the biggest policy shift towards the rental sector we have ever seen. James Brokenshire must also focus on making renting aspirational.”