The appointment of Michael Gove, as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is welcomed by leading housing provider Stonewater, particularly in relation to his additional responsibility for levelling up and progressing the Government’s agenda.
Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive at Stonewater, commented: “With housing being such a critical part of the Government’s levelling up agenda, it’s imperative to have continuity of focus on the promise to ‘Build Back Better’ and the implementation of the social housing white paper.
“Appointing Mr Gove, who is one of the more experienced members of the cabinet and held the shadow role more than a decade ago, should underline the Government’s ongoing commitment to placing housing as a priority.
“The pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of everyone having access to a safe, secure, affordable home — and the urgent need to build more high-quality affordable homes to tackle the housing crisis. Continuing investment in the sector will also support jobs in the construction industry and aid the nation’s post-pandemic economic and social recovery.
“We look forward to working with Mr Gove to ensure the sector’s expert voice is able to support the Government in addressing the myriad of challenges — including planning reform, building safety, net zero targets and long-term investment — where a cohesive approach is so central to finding effective solutions.”