Sajid Javid’s Cabinet role has been rebranded as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Amid a limited Cabinet reshuffle, with some senior Ministers reportedly refusing to change roles and Education Secretary Justine Greening quitting, Javid’s post has been rebranded to reflect Theresa May’s key policy goal of improving housing delivery.
Questions have been raised regarding the impact of the change, as Javid’s former remit already encompassed housing.
Along with the Cabinet reshuffle, Dominic Raab has been appointed as the new housing minister, replacing Alok Sharma. The industry has been critical of ‘revolving doors’, Raab being the 15th politician to hold the role in 17 years, and Alok spending little over 6 months in the post.
Commenting on the change of title, Brian Berry chief executive of the FMB said: “The inclusion of the word ‘housing’ sends a clear signal as to the importance the Government places on housing policy by the renaming of the Department and the Secretary of State’s title.
“However, actions always speak louder than words which is why it is vital that we also see continuity, application and a continued willingness to be bold where necessary in housing policy. We want to see continuity in terms of building on a set of good policies to unleash the capacity of the SME house building sector set out in the Housing White Paper; application in terms of effective implementation; and a willingness to still be bold where Government intervention is still called for.”