New housing minister appointed

Mark Prisk MP

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As part of the cabinet reshuffle Mark Prisk, who has been a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  since the coalition came to power, has been announced as the new housing minister. This shift came about as Grant Shapps, the former housing minister, has been appointed as the chairman of the Conservative party.

Mr Prisk has worked in the property and economic development markets, rising to become a director of a £3m practice. In 1991 he formed his own business consultancy, serving professional firms in both the UK and overseas. As a self-employed businessman he advised a wide range of professional firms in the markets for property, construction and environmental services.

The MP will have little time to ease into his new role as there are a number of issues that need to be addressed quite quickly, such as boosting mortgage lending, maintaining funding for effective shared equity schemes and working with Local Authorities to ensure that there is enough land being identified to be used to build new homes.

During Mr Prisk’s time as a Member of Parliament he has put forward a bill to protect green belts from further development and has also attempted to amend a bill so as to include a greater regulation of lettings agents:

New clause 1 seeks to bring the business of lettings agencies within the Bill and to regulate an industry that now handles over £12 billion of people’s  money annually and yet, ironically, it is an industry that is without the redress that we have all discussed in a number of debates about the Bill.

 

Mr Prisk can expect a busy first week as it is expected that the Prime Minister will be making a series of announcements in an attempt to boost housebuilding around the UK.

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