Dominic Raab MP has been named as the new Minister responsible for Housing in the Cabinet reshuffle this week, replacing Alok Sharma.
Mr Raab’s appointment makes him the sixteenth Housing Minister since 1997.
But who is he? And what does his appointment suggest for the PRS?
Prior to taking up his new role, Dominic Raab was Minister of State for Justice, a role he held since June 2017.
Raab represents the constituency of Esher and Walton,where according to the 2011 census, 13.7% households are estimated to be in the private rented sector.
Raab has spoken out about housing in the past. In the Autumn Budget 2017, he wrote about the abolition of stamp-duty for first time buyers on his website, stating that it is ‘good news for young people looking to get on the housing ladder’.
He has also spoken about the importance of protecting greenbelt land, stating in February 2017 in a letter to Elmbridge Borough Council that ‘every effort must be made to avoiding building on green belt and I hope this is a shared objective across national and local government.”
Before becoming an MP, Raab worked as a solicitor and then as a civil servant in the Foreign Office.
He left the Foreign Office in 2006, and went on to work as Chief of Staff for three years to the then Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis MP, and Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve MP.
This role involved him advising in the House of Commons on crime, policing, immigration, counter-terrorism, human rights and constitutional reform.
RLA Chairman Alan Ward said: “I hope that Mr Raab grasps the opportunity his new role offers and he is given long enough to affect change in the private rented sector and that he will work to support landlords.”
Also as part of the Cabinet reshuffle, the Department of Communities and Local Government has changed its name, becoming the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Heading up the Department will be Sajid Javid MP, who said that the change of name reflects the Government’s ‘renewed focus to deliver more homes and build strong communities across England”.
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