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The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.

 

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Theresa May appoints new Ministerial Team 21/07/2016

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 Gavin Barwell.

 

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 Government. 

 

View the full list of new ministerial and government appointments.

 

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."

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