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Last edited 14 Feb 2022
There is no official title of ‘housing minister’ in the UK Government. However, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is sometimes referred to as the ‘Housing Secretary’ and they are supported by a ‘Minister of State for Housing’.
In January 2018, as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, it was announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) would be renamed the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The role of 'Communities Secretary' was renamed 'Housing Secretary', although otherwise it remained unchanged. For more information see: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, replaced James Brokenshire on 24 July 2019. He was previously Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 9 January 2018.
In September 2021, Michael Gove replaced Robert Jenrick and it was announced that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) would become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The role of 'Housing Secretary' was renamed 'Secretary of State for Levelling Up’.
On 13 February 2020, after just 6 months in the position, Esther McVey was sacked. Her successor was Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth. Unlike Esther McVey, Christopher Pincher will not attend Cabinet meetings
There have been 11 Ministers of State for Housing since 2010, and 19 since 2000 - leading to a great deal of dissatisfaction from the industry.
See also: Construction minister.
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