Following her appointment, Theresa May, the new Prime Minister,
has wasted no time in completing a Government Reshuffle. Both Greg
Clark and Brandon Lewis move on to be replaced by Sajid Javid and
Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, replaces Greg Clark as Secretary
of State for Communities and Local Government.
Mr Javid served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation
and Skills under the Cameron Government from May 2015 until July
2016. He was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from
April 2014 to May 2015 and previously he was both the Economic and
Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Gavin Barwell replaces Brandon Lewis as Minister of State for
Housing, Planning and Minister for London.
Mr Barwell was elected Conservative MP for Croydon Central in
May 2010. He has previously served as Government Whip, Comptroller
of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016, Lord Commissioner,
Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Assistant Whip from
October 2013 until July 2014.
ARCH Chair, Councillor Paul Ellis, has written to the new
Housing Minister to congratulate him on his appointment and to seek
an early meeting with him.
Baroness Williams of Trafford, who took the Housing and Planning
Bill through the Lords, has also been moved to another post - her
replacement as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is Lord
Bourne of Aberystwyth.
Andrew Percy MP joins Marcus Jones MP in the posts of
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to make up the Ministerial
Team at the Department of Communities and Local
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John Bibby, ARCH Chief Executive, comments:
"Apart from Marcus Jones, who served as Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State in the Cameron Government, these changes mean
that we have a completely new Ministerial team at the DCLG. It
remains to be seen whether these changes will herald any
significant changes in housing policy. It seems unlikely that Mrs
May's Government will row back on the Manifesto pledge to extend
the Right to Buy to housing association tenants funded by the sale
of so called high-value council housing.
In her first statement on the day of her appointment as
Prime Minister, Mrs. May said: "If you're from an ordinary
working class family, life is much harder than many people in
Westminster realise.I know you're working around the clock, I know
you're doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a
struggle. The government I lead will be driven, not by the
interests of the privileged few, but by yours."
I would hope that the new Prime Minister will recognise that
charging mandatory higher rents for ordinary hardworking families
living in council accommodation (at the rate of an extra 15p in the
pound if they have a taxable household income of £31,000 or more)
will simply add to the struggles faced by those hardworking
families. ARCH will continue to press the case for Pay to Stay and
fixed term tenancies to remain discretionary for local authorities,
as they are for housing associations."