Lucy Frazer most successful Housing Minister…out of a bad bunch

18,846 jhomes were completed in each of the four months the housing minsiter was in charge but this is still way off official targets.

lucy frazer housing minister

Former housing minister Lucy Frazer (pictured) might have only held the post for just four months but new analysis eveals she was the most successful when it comes to the number of new dwellings completed while holding the position.

Searchland analysed the performance of each housing minister since Hilary Armstrong took the role back in May 1997, looking at the average number of homes built per month while each person held the position.


The last two housing ministers, Rachel Maclean and Lee Rowley, were not included due to a lack of dwellings completion data during their time in the role.

Of the 23 housing ministers, 14 were Conservative versus nine from the Labour party.

And based purely on dwellings completed alone, the research shows that Frazer, who was appointed to the role by Rishi Sunak following Liz Truss’ short reign as Prime Minister, was the most successful in the position.

During her four short months some 18,846 dwellings were completed on average per month, the highest level of completions under any housing minister.

Esther McVey ranks as the second most successful Housing Minister.”

After Frazer, Esther McVey ranks as the second most successful, with an average of 17,978 homes completed per month during her time as housing minister between July 2019 to February 2020.

And Yvette Cooper, who was housing minister between May 2005 and January 2008, takes bronze with an average of 17,984 homes completed per month, also making her the most successful Labour candidate to have held the position.

Since 1997, nine Labour housing ministers have held the position for 156 months versus 153 for the 14 Conservative housing ministers.


Conservative housing ministers have overseen the delivery of 217,134 new homes, equating to an average of 1,419 per month, while Labour housing ministers have seen a total of 136,931 homes built, or 878 per month.

Mitchell Fasanya, Searchland
Mitchell Fasanya, Searchland

Mitchell Fasanya, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Searchland, says: “It’s interesting to see that despite the revolving door of housing ministers in recent times, they’ve overseen some of the highest rates of housing completions this side of the Millenium.

“But, regardless of which party is in power, I think we can all agree that a far greater degree of stability is required if we are to actually address the housing crisis.

“The long-term issue of housing delivery is one that simply can’t be addressed when the housing minister is shown the door within less than a year of holding the position.”

Chart ranking Housing Ministers based on the number of dwellings completed during their tenure.

What's your opinion?

Back to top button