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RTPI welcomes new Housing Minister

09 January 2018

Dominic Raab Appointment

In today's Cabinet reshuffle, Sajid Javid MP was reappointed the Secretary of State to the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government, formerly the Department of Communities and Local Government. Dominic Raab MP has been announced as the new Minister for Housing (announcement on Twitter, right). Mr Raab was formerly the Minister for Justice and replaces Alok Sharma MP who has been appointed the Minister for Employment. Rishi Sunak MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Responding to the changes, Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI, RTPI President said:

“We welcome Sajid Javid’s reappointment as Secretary of State for the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government. His reappointment provides continuity to this crucial portfolio. While the elevation of ‘housing’ to the Cabinet is welcome and reflects its importance, action on delivering more homes which people can afford is key.   The RTPI represents almost 25,000 planners across the UK and we look forward to working with the government to ensure more affordable housing is built in well connected,  vibrant communities.”

Welcoming Mr Raab to the Housing Portfolio, Stephen Wilkinson said:

“As the largest professional body to represent planners and planning in the UK,  the RTPI is looking forward to working with the new Minister,  Dominic Raab in his new position as Housing Minister. Planners are critical to the successful delivery of more homes, of all types and tenures,  in locations across the UK supported by the right infrastructure."

The RTPI will be writing to the new Minister to seek a meeting with him, as soon as possible, to discuss planning’s role in delivery and the implementation of the measures contained within the Housing White Paper and other reforms.

 

Other Ministerial appointments with an impact on planning and the built environment:

Treasury

Philip Hammond continues as Chancellor of the Exchequer

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Greg Clark continues as Secretary of State

Department for Transport

Chris Grayling continues as Secretary of State

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Michael Gove continues as Secretary of State

Department for International Trade

Liam Fox continues as Secretary of State and President of the Board of Trade

Department for International Development

Penny Mordaunt continues as the Secretary of State

Department for Education

Damian Hinds is the new Secretary of State

Department for Work and Pension

Esther McVey is the new Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Scotland 

David Mundell continues as Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Wales 

Alun Cairns continues as Secretary of State

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Karen Bradley is the new Secretary of State

Minister for London

Jo Johnson in the new Minister

More details of the UK Government Cabinet appointments