The staggering rate at which housing ministers have arrived and departed over the past 23 years has been laid bare by researchers from the BBC’s Reality Check team.
It has discovered that the job of housing minister has been held by the largest number of people for any major government position other than that of Cabinet Office minister, which it equals.
Since Tony Blair took office in 2007 a total of 18 housing ministers have entered and then often swiftly exited the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government, as it used to be known.
This makes housing minister the equal most perilous position to hold in government just pipping Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Leader of the Commons and Chief Whip.
As might be expected, the most secure ministerial jobs are Prime Minister, Chancellor, Attorney General, Foreign Secretary and Health Secretary.
Nick Raynsford, who was Tony Blair’s first housing minister, outlined the cost to the property industry of such a shocking revolving door policy.
“Successful housing policies require long-term investment and continuity,” he says.
“If ministers think they are only going to be in post for a few months, they will inevitably only focus on short-term initiatives, which may earn them a good headline but are unlikely to deliver substantial and lasting benefits.”
The BBC report also highlights the other damaging effects of ministerial churn for the industry, including how it is 10 Downing Street and the Treasury who in reality steer housing policy, not the Ministry itself.