What challenges does the new housing minister face?

Newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s overhaul of the cabinet saw Gavin Barwell appointed as the new housing minister – a not so easy job in the climate!


Richard Carr and Gavin Barwell

Gavin Barwell has a tough job ahead of him

The country has been suffering through a housing crisis for the best part of half-a-decade, a problem well known to Poole-based property developer Richard Carr.

He believes that Gavin Barwell’s new role is in many ways a poison chaliced with so many challenges facing the property industry – mainly the lack of supply of new homes.

Estate agents and letting agents have welcomed his appoint and that in his role as Minister for London he will help tackle housing issues that particularly effect the capital city, but what about the rest of the country?

“This is a crucial time for housing, with demand greatly outstripping supply and an urgent need to reshape Britain’s housing mix,’ said David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) and Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents, in a joint statement.

“We worked closely with the previous administration to increase transparency in the UK property and sector and remain very supportive of the need for a beneficial ownership register.”


Mr Barwell takes over the role from Brandon Lewis who has moved to the position of Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service.

He has previously held various parliamentary private secretary roles, including to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy and Secretary of State for Education.

In his new role Barwell joins the team at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which is led by Sajid Javid, who was appointed Communities Secretary last week.

He told propertywire.com that he is looking forward to working with councils, developers, housing associations and investors to ensure: “we build the homes people need and deserve and to working with the Mayor of London to ensure the continued success of our wonderful diverse capital and that all Londoners share in it.”

Richard Carr wishes him the best of luck in what will no doubt prove to be a tough job to fulfil successful.

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