Jayne Dowle: The scandal of sub-standard rental property
I KNOW a week is a long time in politics, but it seems aeons since the Prime Minster announced that she was on a “personal mission” to solve Britain’s housing crisis.
In fact, it was back in November at the time of the Budget. It’s been three months since then. And it’s all gone very quiet. With the Prime Minister’s mission in mind, people were expecting great things for housing from the January reshuffle.
Instead, Dominic Raab, MP for the distinctly leafy constituency of Esher and Walton in Surrey, was appointed Housing and Planning Minister, the seventh incumbent in the past decade, and his boss Sajid Javid’s title had the word ‘housing’ added to his brief as Communities Secretary.