Look away for a second and the housing minister has changed again!

In a frustratingly regular course of events, DLUHC now has its 14th housing minister in 12 years.


The merry-go-round of ministers in charge of housing policy shows no signs of stopping with even more changes at DLUHC (see below).

Lee Rowley who was given overall responsibility for housing in September, becoming the 13th housing minister since 2010, has just lost that brief.

Housing strategy now comes under Lucy Frazer, (main picture) who is seen as a close ally of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and takes charge of policy on home ownership, buying and selling.

She was appointed as a DLUHC minister less than two weeks ago in her third post in less than two months. She was financial secretary to the Treasury before becoming a transport minister in September.

There is nothing in her parliamentary voting record that would suggest Frazer has a special interest in housing or property.

Leading PRS
Felicity Buchan MP

Felicity Buchan has taken on PRS, and is leading on the Renters Reform White Paper, answering questions in Parliament on it. She has also picked up homelessness and supported housing.

Rowley is now heading up local government policy at DLUHC, as well as building safety.

The most senior minister at DLUHC is secretary of state Michael Gove. He launched the renters reform paper in June before being sacked by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Gove was not in favour when Liz Truss was PM, but has returned to the Cabinet under Sunak.

The new DLUHC ministerial line-up


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