UK’s new housing minister urged to get on with tackling major challenges

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The new housing minister Gavin Barwell has been urged to tackle the major challenges facing the property industry including lack of supply and new home building. Estate agents and letting agents welcomed his appointment in the new government under new Prime Minister Theresa May and said that his appointment as Minister for London should help tackle the housing issues that particularly affect the capital city. ‘This is a crucial time for housing, with demand greatly outstripping supply and an urgent need to reshape Britain’s housing mix,’ said David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) and Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents, in a joint statement. ‘We worked closely with the previous administration to increase transparency in the UK property and sector and remain very supportive of the need for a beneficial ownership register,’ they pointed out. ‘Property transparency is particularly a problem in London where housing stock has increasingly become a vehicle for money laundering operations, so we applaud the decision to provide the Minister with a duel oversight for London,’ they added. The statement pointed out that the Government’s decision to sell the Land Registry risks reversing its good work on transparency and they are calling on the new minister to work with the new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department to think again on this proposal. They say it is also essential to honour the commitment of the previous Housing Minister to bring forward a review of the need for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) for letting agents, following the discretionary powers that were brought in as part of the Housing and Planning Act as they believe that only this can provide the adequate level of protection for landlords and tenants alike. ‘These challenges are not insurmountable and we greatly look forward to working with the new Minister to find a solution to these issues in the months and years ahead,’ the statement concluded. Barwell said that he is looking forward to working with councils, housing associations, developers and investors to ensure ‘we build the homes people need and deserve and to working with the Mayor of London to ensure the continued success of our wonderful diverse capital and that all Londoners share in it’. Barwell has previously held various parliamentary private secretary roles, including to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy and Secretary of State for Education, and has more recently been Assistant Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. He is taking over from Brandon Lewis who has moved to the position of Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service. Barwell joins the team at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which is led by Sajid Javid, who was appointed Communities Secretary last week. Taylor Scott International

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