Friday, 27 February 2015

Housing related responsibilities split between two junior ministers

Despite confirmation Kris Hopkins was given the housing brief in this week’s reshuffle, the Communities and Local Government department website says housing responsibilities are to be shared with Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West.


Mr Hopkins’, MP for Keighley, responsibilities are listed as housing, local growth, cities and regeneration and planning policy and casework in relation to wind farms. He is also responsible for Thames Gateway and troubled families (supporting the secretary of state).

Mr Williams’ responsibilities include building regulations and standards, empty homes and climate change and sustainable development as well as integration and race equality and localism, decentralisation and community rights.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said of Mr Hopkins’ appointment: ‘We welcome the appointment of Kris Hopkins as housing minister. As somebody who has been involved with and understands housing and housing associations, he can make a real difference and help deliver the homes we desperately need. We look forward to working closely with him to put housing on top of the political agenda.

‘However, we’re surprised and disappointed that, given the scale of the housing crisis and how crucial housing is to the country’s long-term economic recovery, the government has decided that the housing brief should be taken up at an under-secretary of state rather than minister of state level.’

The third appointment to the department, Baronness Stowell of Beeston’s responsibilities are listed as departmental business in the House of Lords, productivity, procurement and value for money, European Regional Development Fund, transparency and QEII Conference Centre.

Readers' comments (8)

  • It is not as though lack of joined up thinking has caused so much harm to the nation through kneejerk policy making, so why not confirm the approach by a lack of joined up Minister?

    It must be a first to have a Shadow Minister with no Minister to shadow - but I am sure that there is plenty of room under the Secretary, who can now be like an old mother hen brooding her eggs hoping at least one of them will hatch and grow into something useful.

    If there are any cartoonists in the house, fill your boots!

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  • my thoughts entirely. where is spitting image when you need it. surely though housing is more important than this farce. it impacts on so many areas of life. cannot believe the cynicism of cameron and his poodles. i wish the, sort of, ministers well as it is too big not to but it doesnt bode well if this is camerons idea of prioritising housing

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  • There have now been about 15 housing ministers
    over the past 15 years /the con dems also seem more intent
    on letting the Treasury decide all housing issues!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tories are only interested in one housing tenure; new build for market sale or part buy- you don’t need a full-time minster for that! With the introduction of CIL over the next few years see affordable housing building decrease to non-existent as developer’s state schemes are unviable without 100% market sales.

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  • I checked and if we count Kris Hopkins as a housing minister, he is the 13th in 20 years.
    That's an average of 1.5 years each, and no-one lasted more than 3 years.
    So much for stability.

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  • Chris

    Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Twit.

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  • Daedalus

    At least people are giving him a chance and not making comments based on blind prejudice ..... ....... Oh! hang on a minute!

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  • What is the difference between blind prejudice and sighted prejudice Daedalus, and is there a visually challenged but OK with glasses prejudice as well?

    It is a very real issue that the brief has been demoted and split - especially as I have mentioned, that the lack of joined up thinking by this government has caused very real harm (e.g. welfare reform, planning reform, education reform, health reform - each suffering from lack of cohesion, consultation and consideration). Hardly then prejudice but hard learned experience.

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