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Change of name and new Ministerial teams at DCLG 19/01/2018

There have been a number of significant changes in the ministerial team under Secretary of State Sajid Javid at the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department has been given a new name as part of the ministerial reshuffle.

 

Sajid Javid remains as the Secretary of State with a new title of Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the department is renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

 

Responsibility for social care has been taken on by the Secretary of State for Health but it is as yet unclear what this might mean for areas of social care policy previously held by DCLG.

 

Surprisingly, after only 7 months in post, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has been replaced in post by Dominic Raab. There have also been further wholesale changes in the ministerial team under Sajid Javid which is now as follows:

 

 

The inclusion of housing in both the Secretary of State's title and the department's name is to be welcomed but it is as yet unclear what this might herald in terms of any changes to housing policy.

 

It is surprising that previous Housing Ministr Alok Sharma has been moved on so quickly, particularly as he has spent the last few months getting out and about meeting tenants & residents in a series of ongoing resident engagement meetings to listen to their views to help inform the forthcoming Social Housing Green Paper

 

Dominic Raab has in the past been a strong defender of the green belt, an advocate for deregulation and a supporter of the Cameron government's policies on fixed term tenancies & pay to stay.

 

The only member of the ministerial team representing an ARCH constituency is Heather Wheeler of South Derbyshire, who kindly sponsored the joint ARCH/NFA reception at the House of Commons when we launched our joint Manifesto for the 2015 election.

 

ARCH and the NFA (National Federation of Almos) have written a joint letter to the new Housing Minister congratulating him on his appointment and seeking a meeting with him.  We are in any event meeting with officials in MHCLG on the 24 January

 

There have also been wholesale changes at the Department for Work & Pensions where the Secretary of State, David Gauke has been replaced by Esther McVey with the full ministerial team as follows:

 

 

Although we had several meetings with Lord Freud when he was Secretary of State at the DWP until his retirement, we were unable to secure a meeting with David Gauke during his relatively short tenure.  We will be writing to Esther McVey once we have the results of the latest ARCH/NFA welfare reform survey due in April.

 

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