Who is out? Who is in?
This week has seen both the Government and the opposition reshuffle their ministerial packs.
It was all change on the housing front. Having taken over from Grant Shapps at the last reshuffle, Mark Prisk has left his position as Minister for Housing to be replaced by the MP for the West Yorkshire constituency of Keighley, Kris Hopkins.
Hopkins has joined the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) at the junior rank of undersecretary of state. Alongside housing he will also be responsible for local growth and cities and regeneration.
Hopkins was joined at the DCLG by the Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Williams, who will take over from Don Foster as the Undersecretary of State for Communities and the Conservative Peer, Baroness Stowell who has been promoted to the position of parliamentary undersecretary.
By contrast, Labour’s new Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds, will enjoy an enhanced brief and attend shadow cabinet meetings. Reynolds replaces Jack Dromey who has become Shadow Police Minister.
In addition to Reynolds appointment, Ed Milliband has also promoted Rachel Reeves to Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, where she will replace Liam Byrne who has moved to Shadow Higher Education Minister.
As part of her new role, Reeves will play a key part in defining and promoting Labour’s approach to social security in the months leading up to the next general election. This will involve engaging with issues, including Universal Credit, the new sanctions regime for JSA and ESA claimants and Housing Benefit.
Homeless Link has enjoyed working with all of those ministers who have engaged with issues affecting homeless people, and looks forward to forging productive relationships with all newly appointed minsters in an effort to end homelessness.
The new pack at key departments
- Sajid Javid (Conservative) – Financial Secretary to the Treasury
- Nicky Morgan (Conservative) – Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Department for Work & Pensions
- Esther McVey (Conservative) – Employment Minister
- Mike Penning (Conservative) – Minister for Disabled people
Department for Communities and Local Government
• Kris Hopkins (Conservative) – Undersecretary of State for Housing
• Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrat) – Undersecretary of State for Communities
• Baroness Stowell (Conservative) – Parliamentary Undersecretary
Department of Health
- Jane Ellison (Conservative) – Parliamentary Undersecretary at the Department of Health
Department of Business and the Department of Education
- Matt Hancock (Conservative) – Skills and Enterprise Minister
The Home Office
- Norman Baker (Liberal Democrat) – Minister of State at the Home Office
Key opposition changes
The Shadow Treasury
- Chris Leslie – Shadow Secretary to the Treasury
Shadow Department for Work & Pensions
- Rachel Reeves – Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary
Shadow Department for Communities and Local Government
- Emma Reynolds – Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Department of Education
- Tristram Hunt – Shadow Minister for Education
- Liam Byrne – Shadow Higher Education Minister