Book a demo

Let a friendly Gnomen expert answer all of your questions and take you through the system online in 15 minutes. Just choose a time that suits you.

username pass repass
CAPTCHA Image Refresh
Sales: +44 (0) 208 123 9019 Support: +44 (0) 208 629 1208

Montana H

Business Development Director

Share Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

What do we know about the new housing minister?

Gnomen - What do we know about the new housing minister

Following the recent General Election, a new housing minister was appointed to replace Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat.

The position of housing and planning minister is still not considered important enough for a cabinet position by the government, despite the majority of politicians admitting that there are serious housing issues that need to be addressed.

The decision to omit the role from the cabinet seems even more questionable when you consider some of the issues which are given cabinet status. We have a cabinet minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and one for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Surely housing merits parity with these other important issues?

In recent years, the role of housing minister has been passed around like somewhat of a hot potato. Most ministers have held the role for around a year, with some only staying in position for a matter of months.

The latest appointment is the 15th since 1997 and the sixth since the Conservative administration came to power in 2010.

Our new representative for housing and planning is Alok Sharma, Reading West MP. But who is Sharma and how will he tackle the UK’s housing issues?

Here is our fact file on the new minister:

Alok Sharma is 49 and was previously a minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He is a qualified chartered accountant and was also appointed by David Cameron as infrastructure envoy to India.

The new housing minister has been the MP for Reading West since 2010. At the recent General Election, he held on to his seat by a majority of almost 3,000 votes.

He has also served on the Treasury and science and technology select committees.

Prior to his political career, Sharma worked in the corporate finance sector.

It appears that he has no previous experience of the housing industry. However, it has been noted that he campaigned against the development of a 750-home scheme in his constituency.

Sharma was born in India and grew up in Reading.

The minister is known to oppose Brexit and support the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Upon accepting the role, Sharma tweeted: “Honoured to be appointed Minister of State for Housing & Planning to work on building the homes Britain needs @Communities UK.”

What next?

Sharma’s main task will be getting to know his role and implementing the policies outlined in the housing white paper which was published in February.

The property industry has broadly welcomed his appointment and he will be required to work closely with trade bodies and organisation throughout his tenure.

If Sharma can stay in the role for longer than some of his predecessors and start to make progress in the fight to address the housing supply/demand imbalance, then his time as housing minister will be considered a success.

Here at Gnomen, we provide cutting-edge, all-in-one property software, allowing agents to manage staff, viewings, offices, customers and multi-channel marketing through our cloud-based system.

We also design slick property websites for estate and letting agents.

For more information, please get in touch with us on 0208 123 9019 or book a free demo here.

Share this article

Share Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Montana H

Business Development Director

Twitter LinkedIn

Gnomen news

The rollout of superfast broadband can benefit letting agents

> Read more

How can estate and letting agents avoid customer problems during transactions?

Some 54% of people who have sold, rented or bought a property in the last five years have faced problems during the process, new research from NAEA and ARLA Propertymark has revealed.

> Read more

PropTech is mainstream and that is why agents need to embrace it

Before now, there could have been accusations that PropTech was a bit of a niche market; an outside disrupter rather than part of the in-crowd.

> Read more

Is bitcoin the future currency of property sales?

> Read more

Estate and letting agents 2018 dates for your diary

> Read more

latest budget outlines britains digital future

> Read more

agents benefit as property prices London

> Read more

Fees ban draft bill: 5 key questions answered

On November 1, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the draft for what is to be known as the Tenants' Fees Bill.

> Read more

Property firms must come to terms with Artificial Intelligence

Property firms must come to terms with Artificial Intelligence Companies have been warned that they must get to grips with emerging, disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) or risk becoming obsolete.

> Read more

Agents need to be wary of fraudulent computer virus scams

Agents need to be wary of fraudulent computer virus scams Cyber-crime is one of the great challenges of our time, and it's something estate and letting agents need to be aware of.

> Read more

Range of lettings measures announced during party conference season

Range of lettings measures announced during party conference season The political party conference season usually springs a few surprises and it was those of us working in the property industry who this year were required to sit up and pay attention.

> Read more

MPs debate unintended consequences of proposed letting fees ban

> Read more

Busiest time of the year for letting agents almost upon us

If you are a letting agent it is likely that your workload is about to get a lot busier

> Read more

Agents urged to prepare for introduction of new data protection legislation

It might not be something you have given much consideration to but new data protection legislation is coming into effect from next year that will have a significant bearing on your estate or letting agency business

> Read more

Letting fees ban set to go ahead but no timeline specified

One of the most contentious issues in the lettings industry at present is the proposed ban on letting agents fees to tenants.

> Read more

Complaints against agents - are they on the rise

A few weeks ago, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) launched its latest annual report at the House of Lords, revealing a rise in the number of formal complaints resolved by the redress scheme as well as a record total of compensatory awards paid by estate and letting agents.

> Read more

Selling via Facebook Live-is this the future?

A new first in the world of estate agency has taken place, with online agency HouseSimple recently attempting to sell the first home in the UK via a viewing on Facebook Live. Sale by social media, in other words.

> Read more

Election 2017: What are the main parties housing policies

On June 8, Britain will go to the polling booths for a second General Election in just over two years. Theresa May surprised everyone when she announced the snap General Election in April (not least because she herself had previously ruled it out), but since then the party political machines have launched into action and MPs across the country have been out and about in their constituencies, trying to win over voters.

> Read more

Why agents should capitalise on the Bank of Mum and Dad boom

In recent weeks there have been a number of stories about the rising importance of the Bank of Mum and Dad when it comes to house purchases, with financial assistance from parents becoming almost a requirement for young buyers looking to get on the property ladder.

> Read more

The rising influence of short-lets how could it affect letting agents

It sometimes feels like there not a day that goes by without a news story concerning the growing short-lets market.

> Read more