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Javid retains post as May makes housing a cabinet position

  • 08/01/2018
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Javid retains post as May makes housing a cabinet position
Sajid Javid has retained his position within the government as part of prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.

However, Number 10 has added housing to the department name, making Javid’s job title now secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

Javid has been a prominent voice regarding the state of the UK housing market, calling it “broken” on more than one occasion.

He has also called for greater regulation within the house building sector and focused on abuses of leasehold properties.

Javid has been at the front of moves to introduce fees and regulation for letting agents.

The addition of the word housing to the previously named Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) may be a bid to emphasise the government’s attempts to tackle the housing crisis.

Following the announcement, housing secretary Sajid Javid said: “Building the homes our country needs is an absolute priority for this government and so I’m delighted the Prime Minister has asked me to serve in this role.

“The name change for the department reflects this government’s renewed focus to deliver more homes and build strong communities across England.”

There has been no update on current housing minister Alok Sharma’s position within the government.

Any moves involving junior ministers, which includes housing, are expected to take place tomorrow.

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