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Mark Prisk appointed as new Housing Minister

September 5, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

New Housing Minister Mark Prisk has a tough start ahead of him. Click on image for original source.

Mark Prisk was appointed Housing Minister after Grant Shapps’ promotion to Party Chairman in yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle.

Previously a member of the Department for business, innovation and skills, Prisk is set for a busy first week as Cameron is expected to announce dynamic plans to boost house building.

Commenting on the appointment, NHBC’s Executive Chairman Isabel Hudson said: “NHBC has played a central role working with the Government on a number of policies, such as the Local Housing Delivery Group and Zero Carbon Homes; we look forward to continuing this relationship following the appointment of Mark Prisk as we enter another critical period for the housing sector.”

“The new Minister has a number of challenges across the sector. As our latest new home registrations statistics revealed, although private sector housing registrations in the UK had their best month for over a year this July, registrations in the sector are still down 10% for May to July 2012, compared to the same period last year.”

Which housing issues should Prisk prioritise in order to secure the industry?

  • First time buyers
  • Economic growth boosted through housing
  • Affordable housing
  • Vacant homes
  • Building on the Green belt

Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing said: “[He has] joined the industry at a time which could not be more important. Housing, as we have seen already this week, is a fundamental driver of economic growth and we hope [he] will ensure that housing is upfront and central to government and economic policy.”

Do you think Mark Prisk has the potential to be a better Housing Minister? By trade he’s a chartered surveyor, but it remains to be seen whether he’s able to transfer his skills to bolster the sector.

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