Rachel Maclean has been asked to step down from her role as Housing Minister, she has confirmed. Ms Maclean said on X: “I’ve been asked to step down from my role as Housing Minister.
“Disappointed and was looking forward to introducing the Renters Reform Bill to Committee tomorrow and later the Leasehold and Freehold Bill.
“It has been a privilege to hold the position and I wish my successor well.”
Rachel has been in the post since February of this year and was the 15th housing minister since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.
Newspage asked property and mortgage experts what this means for the UK housing market and whether it is feasible for a minister to effectively address the UK’s housing crisis considering the often brief duration of their tenure.
Justin Moy, managing director at EHF Mortgages said, “Given how important housing is to our society, it is a shame we have such a ministerial merry-go-round.
“Plenty of the property issues date back long before Maclean’s time in the role, and there are not a lot of quick fixes either, so the need to remove her must be in readiness for an election.
“Why does the Government continue to play roulette with some of the most important roles in the cabinet?”
Scott Taylor-Barr, financial advisor at Barnsdale financial management said, “No Government department can hope to perform well without consistent leadership and, sadly, housing seems to be one department where this Government likes to play musical chairs more than most.
“This is a shame, as it’s an area that’s vital to the economy and the vast majority of people’s sense of security and well-being.
“The recent fiasco around wall-cladding is a perfect example of how a lack of consistency in post can cause harm and distress to a huge number of people.”