The first appearance of the new housing minister

Mark Prisk MP

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As part of David Camerons’ cabinet reshuffle the 50 year-old MP for Hertford and Stortford, Mark Prisk, was moved from the Department for Business to become the new housing minister. With housing becoming a hot topic in the current economic climate this move generated more interest than it might have done in previous years.

During his first appearance the new housing minister, stressed the importance of how private funding will boost the numbers of affordable houses.

Speaking less than 24 hours after taking over the position from Grant Shapps, Mr Prisk stated that providing affordable housing is “at the heart” of the coalition’s agenda.

In response to the shadow housing minister’s criticism of the government’s previous initiative, the cutting of £4billion worth of capital funding for new affordable homes, Mr Prisk underscored the need to attract investment from private quarters to fund the building of new homes. The shadow housing minister also mocked the current government’s attempts to boost house building during their term but Mr Prisk responded by praising the revived right-to-buy policy, saying it was something the government “can and should be proud of”.

Industry figures have described Mr Prisk as someone who is pro-housing, pro-construction and pro-business. There is a feeling that he will be focusing on how to cut red tape to get the house building sector moving again.

For more information on Mr Prisk please see our previous blog post

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