New Housing Minister must build on Housing White Paper

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The new Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma MP, must focus on implementing the many strong proposals in the Government’s Housing White Paper, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to his appointment.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said “We welcome the appointment of Alok Sharma as the new Minister of State for Housing and Planning. He assumes the role at a critical juncture for the delivery of the Government’s ambitious target to build 1.5 million homes between 2015 and 2022. Vital to this will be ensuring that the recommendations within the 2017 Housing White Paper, that aim to diversify the supply of new homes and revitalise the SME house building sector, are delivered in full. The previous Housing Minister Gavin Barwell deserves credit for his work in pushing forward a wide range of reforms, including those designed to tackle some of the barriers to growth faced by smaller scale builders, and we hope that Sharma can build on this legacy.”

“That the Conservative Party’s manifesto opened up the possibility of local authorities taking a more active role in house building suggests that the Government was still open to new and radical approaches to solving the housing crisis. It would be a shame if such radicalism was now dropped in light of a hung Parliament. We look forward to working closely with the new Minister, whose experience in the Treasury should hold him in excellent stead for the challenges ahead.”

Also responding to the appointment of Alok Sharma MP as the new housing and planning minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said "We’d like to congratulate Alok Sharma on his appointment. The Conservative manifesto rightly recognised that we need an ambitious long-term plan to tackle our national housing crisis.

"We at CIH, along with housing professionals across the country, are ready to work with Mr Sharma on developing that plan and putting it into practice."

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