New Minister for private rented sector

Nia Williams

June 10, 2009

After two years of being in charge of the country’s rental sector, Iain Wright MP has now moved to another Government department leaving Mr Austin, former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, to further develop the Government’s response to the independent review into the private-rented sector.

David Salusbury, Chairman, National Landlords Association, commenting on the new Minister’s appointment, said: “For two years we have enjoyed a highly productive relationship with Iain Wright. He has shown himself to be a balanced housing reformer; always willing to listen to the many voices which compete for his attention.

“However, moving forward, the NLA very much looks forward to working with the new minister, Ian Austin. The recently published Government recommendations for the sector are ambitious and to ensure that the voice of landlords is heard throughout the consultation process, the NLA hopes to meet Mr Austin as soon as possible.”

The new Housing Minister is John Healey MP while the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is John Denham MP.

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