16 housing ministers in 13 years – has it stopped the job getting done?


There have been 16 housing ministers in the last 13 years of Conservative rule – seven of those in the last two years alone.

With Lee Rowley taking over the housing brief after the prime minister’s latest reshuffle, on the Sky News Daily we’ll be exploring why there has been so many, and if any of them managed to make a difference to the housing crisis.

Presenter Sally Lockwood is joined by Gurpreet Narwan, our political correspondent, on why there has been so much churn. Plus, Sally speaks to Lord Gavin Barwell, who was housing minister for a year under Theresa May, and Polly Neate, CEO of housing charity Shelter explains the challenges facing renters.

Sky News Daily contacted the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for a response. A spokesperson said:

“We recently laid out an ambitious long-term plan for housing that includes speeding up the planning system, cutting bureaucracy, and reducing delays to ensure we deliver the homes that local communities want and need.

“We are already on track to deliver one million homes this Parliament, and we have announced £10 billion investment to deliver more of the right homes in the right places without concreting over the countryside.

“Our Renters Reform Bill will deliver a fairer private rented sector, abolishing Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions so that all tenants have greater security in their homes and are empowered to challenge poor practice without worrying about retaliatory eviction.”

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