James Brokenshire announced as new Local Government Secretary

With the appointment of Sajid Javid to Home Secretary, James Brokenshire has been announced as the new Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government.

Brokenshire has entered the role at a time when the importance of the job has rarely been higher. Both housing and homelessness are high on the national political agenda as public concern has been growing. Over 300,000 people are homeless, rough sleeping is at an all time high, and the number of families in temporary accommodation has risen by 65% in the last seven years. Add to this an explosion in private renting numbers, and dwindling home ownership for under 35’s – the task is difficult to say the least. Nevertheless, Brokenshire seems unperturbed and stated he was “Looking forward to taking the Government’s agenda forward especially on building the homes our country needs”. Read more here

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