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Monday 09 July 2018

Kit Malthouse has been named as the latest Minister of State for Housing after Dominic Raab was appointed as Brexit Secretary following David Davis’ resignation.

Just seven months after Dominic Raab took up the post, Kit Malthouse has become the newest Housing Minister, making him the 17th Housing Minister in the last 20 years - and the fourth within the last 18 months alone. 

A former accountant who chairs his own finance company, Malthouse’s parliamentary CV is short, having been an MP for just three years. He previously filled the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance and prior to this he was on the Treasury Select Committee and Deputy Mayor for London at the London Assembly, firstly looking after policing and then business and enterprise. 

But whilst industry experts have welcomed Mr Malthouse into the role, they have made little effort to hide their frustrations, disappointment and disillusionment at the carousel of ministers coming into the role who either lack experience or lack a desire to actually do the job.

In a statement, Kit Malthouse said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Minister of State for Housing. Building the homes this country needs is a top priority for this government. I am keen to build on the real progress that has been made and start working with the sector so we can deliver more homes, restore the dream of home ownership and build a housing market fit for the future.

“I’m also committed to continuing the important work of supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ensuring people are safe, and feel safe in their homes.”

Commenting on the appointment, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, Mark Hayward, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, David Cox said: “We welcome Kit Malthouse as the new Housing Minister. We hope that he is able to bring some continuity to this post as we are now on the fourth Housing Minister in little over 12 months, and if the Government really wants to fix the broken housing market, consistency is important. There have been a large number of consultations over the last few years, all of which now require policy to be put into place; it’s not entirely clear how this can happen if a new Minister is reshuffled as soon as they are in post long enough to understand their brief. This is a situation in which we would probably welcome a three year minimum term although given our experience so far that would be wishful thinking.”

Following recent Cabinet resignations, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been replaced by the ex Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, MP. David Davis, Secretary of State for DeXEU, handed in his resignation just before midnight on Sunday and has been replaced by the former Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP. Matt Hancock has taken the place of Jeremy Hunt as Health and Social Care Secretary. His role as Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been taken by Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC and the new Attorney General is backbench Brexiteer Geoffrery Cox MP.