Lee Rowley has been appointed Housing Minister – the 16th Housing Minister since 2010 – after Rachel Maclean was sacked this morning after just over nine months in the role.
Rowley has been a minister at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) but previously held the briefs for planning and local government, and has now been moved solely to cover housing, replacing Maclean.
Rowley (main picture) becomes the sixth housing minister in 17 months in what has become a revolving door at the DLUHC.
He held the post previously, last year for less than two months, before being replaced by Lucy Frazer.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been reshuffling his Cabinet and junior ministerial team today after removing controversial Suella Braverman as Home Secretary.
Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, says: “After just 279 days in the role Housing Minister Rachel Maclean has been sacked by the Prime Minister in what has become another manic Monday for the Government.
“The timing for a new housing minister couldn’t have been worse, with Maclean due to introduce the Renters Reform Bill tomorrow, and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement less than two weeks away.
“With recent news that housebuilding has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis, there is mounting pressure for the Government to produce a reliable and experienced figurehead to this role, and quickly.
“House prices are often a barometer of health of the wider economy, giving challenges as well as opportunities ahead of the next general election.
“Meanwhile, the sector remains hopeful that the Chancellor can offer a sense of stability and structure on November 22nd where other departments cannot.”
Nick Sanderson, Chief Executive of Audley Group, adds: “The appointment of David Cameron to the Cabinet might garner the headlines, but it shouldn’t detract from revolving door that is the UK’s Housing Minister.
“The housing market needs reform, and that’s difficult to achieve without any kind of stability.
“Lack of in-depth knowledge about the housing market leads to knee jerk decisions to increase housing supply and focus on first time buyers, rather than holistic possibilities that increase supply and flow within the market.
“Let’s hope the next appointment is the last for a while so the focus can turn from personalities to real progress.”