Home » News » Housing Market » New housing minister: what the industry thinks previous nextHousing MarketNew housing minister: what the industry thinksEstate agents are getting increasingly annoyed by the ever quickening revolving door at the Ministry of Housing as Esther McVey yesterday made way for Chris Pincher.Nigel Lewis14th February 202001,348 Views So here we are again. Just six months after she arrived in post, Esther McVey is off, to be replaced by Chris Pincher, MP for Tamworth.McVey made only a handful of forays into the world of estate agency including a speech about ‘high tech houses’, a proposed newtown, comments on tenancy length and revelations about the government’s rogue landlord list.All that before she got the chop and was replaced by a respected but little-known Foreign Office minister with no track record in housing, Chris Pincher – who late last night tweeted his delight at getting the housing job (see below).He is the tenth Tory housing minister in a row and the 19th over the past 21 years. But what does the industry think of yesterday’s political reshuffling?ReactionsPropertymark joint statement from NAEA/ARLAMark Hayward/David Cox“We welcome Christopher Pincher as the new Housing Minister. Unfortunately, the lack of continuity in this post and the persistent changes means it’s near impossible for anyone in the role to make an impact.“Fixing the broken housing market should be the priority, and there’s a number of consultations and policy that requires action – most importantly the Regulation of Property Agents.“We look forward to working with the new Minister on these important changes to the industry.”Jackson-StopsNick Leeming, Chairman“After less than a year in the post, Esther McVey is the latest housing minster to walk through No. 10’s revolving door.“Although we welcome a new housing minister to the role, they will now be our 10th in 10 years, and for our industry to truly to gain momentum we need consistency and not this constant stop/start approach.“Just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating having renewed confidence and optimism in the property market.“Many of our branches experienced an uptick in applicants following the General Election, but for this buoyancy to continue we need robust policies with longevity which are geared around stimulating the housing market at all levels.“We don’t believe this change will have a significant impact on buyer or vendor confidence.In our survey of more than 1,100 consumers, almost 20% claimed not to know Esther McVey had even taken up the position of Housing Minister.”Base PropertyKrystjan Byfield, FounderAddressing McVey somewhat tongue-in-cheek, he said: “Thank you for [your] immense achievements during your long tenure as housing minister – you join a long and inspiring line of housing minister over the last 20 years who have been in the role so long and achieved so much.” ZooplaAlex Rose, Head of New Homes“How do we ever expect a government to bring about real change to land, planning, skills, MMC, taxation and affordable housing when ministers only have 12 months to make an impact.“I wish Christopher Pincher a long and impactful tenure but won’t hold my breath for major housing reform.” MyDepositsSean Hooker, Head of Redress“Another Cabinet reshuffle another Housing Minister bites the dust. The resignation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid has probably overshadowed this news, however a new Minister will need to get up to speed with the challenges faced by the sector.” Market Financial SolutionsParesh Raja, CEO“First the appointment of a new housing minister, and now the resignation of Sajid Javid as Chancellor. This surely has to be the worst day so far in Boris Johnson’s short reign as prime minister.”Chris Pincher Base Property Alex Rose NAEA Propertymark My Deposits Mark Hayward Jackson-stops Sean Hooker Nick Leeming krystjan byfield ARLA Propertymark David Cox Esther McVey Zoopla February 14, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indianapolis Preparing To Sue Opioid Makers, DistributorsJOHN RUSSELL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe city of Indianapolis is preparing to take legal action against the makers and distributors of opioids, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday morning at a press conference.The city has hired the law firm of Cohen & Malad LLP, which plans to file a “robust lawsuit” in the coming weeks, city officials said.Likely defendants include Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, as well as Endo Health, Teva Pharmaceutical, Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen, Cohen & Malad managing partner Irwin Levin said.Officials didn’t specify an amount the city would seek in damages.Hogsett said opioid addiction took the lives of 345 Marion County residents last year, more than four times the number of traffic-related deaths. In 2014, Indiana ranked 15th in the nation for the number of deaths due to drug overdose, and Marion County led the state with the highest number of deaths due to drug overdose as well as non-fatal emergency department visits, the city said.As of Oct. 2, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services had administered overdose medication naloxone 1,670 times in 2017, on pace to surpass last year’s record-high number of administrations, according to city figures.Hogsett pointed a finger directly at opioid makers and distributors, saying they were seeking “profits over people.”“Opioids are killings Americans,” Hogsett said. “Opioids are killing Hoosiers. Opioids are killing our neighbors here through the city of Indianapolis.”In many cases, he said, victims were seeking relief from pain, as promised by opioid makers, following medical procedures. “They were instead administered addiction,” he said.Levin said his office has already spent “many hundreds of hours” analyzing information on how much the city spends on police, social services and other efforts to treat victims and prosecute drug lawbreakers. “The impact is tremendous,” he said.Indianapolis is joining a recent landslide of government entities filing similar lawsuits.More than two dozen states, cities and counties—including Ohio, Mississippi, Orange County in California, and the Washington cities of Seattle, Everett and Tacoma—have sued the pharmaceutical companies.Most other states have recently broadened a joint effort to investigate the companies’ actions.The governments hope to recoup costs of responding to drug addiction, including money spent on emergencies, criminal justice and social services.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2015, drug overdoses killed more than 52,000 Americans. Most involved prescription opioids such as OxyContin or Vicodin or related illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. People with addictions often switch among the drugs.