In a recent cabinet reshuffle, following the resignation of the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, it has been announced that the Prime Minister has nominated James Brokenshire MP to become the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Mr Brokenshire, who formerly served in the Home Office as Minister for Security and Immigration, and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, takes over from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, who steps into the shoes of Amber Rudd as the new Home Secretary following the Windrush scandal.
The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government will have his hands full at a critical time for the construction industry. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has hopes that Mr Brokenshire will ‘build on Javid’s good work, both in terms of raising the profile of housing as an issue at Cabinet level, and implementing some sound policies aimed at tackling the housing shortage.’
The construction industry is struggling on many levels, with growth unsteady over the past six months, and skills shortages reaching worrying heights. With Brexit looming, and house building remaining stagnant, despite a promising government change following last year’s White Paper, many sectors are falling into muddy waters, such as small businesses.
The FMB is ready to support the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in his role to work towards the critical housebuilding targets the country needs.
The FMB says that it is ‘keen to work with the new Secretary of State to unleash the capacity of small local house builders. Last year’s Housing White Paper and the November Budget Statement that followed have given us a blueprint for change but now we need to get on and do it. We stand ready to help Brokenshire deliver the 300,000 new homes per year needed in England alone.’