Futures Housing Group Chief Executive offers her insight on the government reshuffle.
“I hope that this move is not just an election ploy and that it shows the Government’s recognition of how central housing is to our economic recovery. All housing professionals will be hoping this signals genuine intent to put housing onto the political agenda in a serious way.
“After a number of changes in recent years what this position now needs is consistency, both in terms of its status within the Government and the holder of the post. What we need now is a competent and committed housing minister. Ultimately only time will tell if Mr Lewis fits that description.
“Like many housing providers we are committed to expanding our housing portfolio significantly in coming years to meet the ever-increasing demand for housing. To this end it is also pleasing to see planning and housing both placed under the same brief in a move that should lead to better coordination between these two functions.
“It is absolutely crucial that housing is given equal emphasis to planning.”
Lindsey Williams, Chief Executive, Futures Housing Group