End housing minister merry-go-round, says IMLA

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The Government needs to move away from relying so heavily on a housing minister, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association, which notes there have been 14 such ministers since 2000.

Yesterday the Government appointed Alok Sharma as the new housing minister, replacing Gavin Barwell.

IMLA adds that the turnover of housing ministers far outstrips the rate that the average Briton moves houses.

British homeowners move homes every 19 years on average, according to research from the trade body.

An IMLA statement says responsibility for housing within Westminster is therefore changing hands almost 20 times faster than the average home.

IMLA executive director Peter Williams says “the chronic shortage of housebuilding and the need for a joined-up policy across all housing tenures are recurring challenges that have faced every new housing minister and administration for longer than most people care to remember”.

He adds: “With talk turning to the need for cross-party agreement and a common approach to negotiating Brexit, it would surely make sense to adopt a similar consensual, non-partisan approach to determining housing policy to put the UK property market on a more stable footing for the long term.”