Christopher Pincher MP has been named as the new Housing Minister, taking over the reins from Esther McVey MP. He is the tenth housing minister in as many years.
Robert Jenrick MP will continue in his role as the Secretary of State for Housing.
So, who is Christopher Pincher, and what are his views on housing?
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Mr Pincher has been a Member for Parliament for the constituency of Tamworth for a decade, and before taking up his new role at MHCLG he was the Minister of State at the Foreign Office.
Unlike his predecessor Esther McVey MP, Christopher Pincher will not attend cabinet.
Prior to his role as a Minister at the Foreign Office, Mr Pincher served in the Whips Office, including a period as the Government’s Deputy Chief Whip.
Views on housing and the private rented sector
When £4 million worth of funding was made available by the government at the start of the year to help councils tackle ‘rogue landlords’. Mr Pincher welcomed the funding, saying that the announcement “demonstrates the Government’s commitment to helping good landlords thrive and hard-working tenants across the country get the homes they deserve. Building a housing market which works for everyone.”
Christopher Pincher also welcomed the introduction of the Tenants Fees Act last year, and recognised the work of the RLA and the NLA in addressing the problem of ‘No DSS’ adverts in the rental market.
Praise for the RLA
In June 2011 he made a positive reference to the RLA as part of an oral question to the then Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP, on housing for armed service personnel. Mr Pincher said:
“Will he join me in congratulating Tamworth borough council on the steps that it proposes to take in prioritising service people on its housing list? Professional organisations such as the Residential Landlords Association have also been encouraging their members to support service people with housing needs. Does that not demonstrate that the private sector can work with the public sector to deliver the housing element of our armed forces covenant?”
As part of the cabinet reshuffle, Thérèse Coffey MP remains as Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, with Will Quince MP also remaining in his post as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for welfare delivery.
Rishi Sunak MP was also announced as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, replacing Sajid Javid.