Our plans for engaging with the new Government

A brief summary of our plans to engage with Mr Johnson, and his administration, on the sector’s behalf.

25 July 2019

We have written to the Prime Minister to set out the key priorities for housing – building safety, supply of new homes, investing in communities, and empowering residents – and our sector’s vital role in delivering on them.

As Mr Johnson has now appointed key ministerial roles for housing – Robert Jenrick as Secretary of State for Housing, Esther McVey as Housing Minister, Sajid Javid as Chancellor and Amber Rudd retaining her role as Secretary of State for DWP – we will also write to these ministers echoing our words to Mr Johnson and seeking early opportunities to meet.

The Federation already has strong relationships with Sajid Javid, who understands housing challenges from his time at MHCLG, and Amber Rudd, who has committed to fixing some of the worst problems with Universal Credit. We welcome a continued constructive relationship with these ministers, as well as building new relationships with Robert Jenrick and other Minister.  We will build on our constructive relationship with Esther McVey from her time as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when we saw action on the two week run on of housing benefit for those moving on to Universal Credit.

Our priority, as always, is working on behalf of our members to secure the right policy environment for housing associations to deliver their social mission. This always guides and underpins our engagement with the Government and our partners, and will continue to do so.

To find out more about what the new Prime Minister means for housing associations, listen to our special edition of the Housing Matters podcast.