Former civil service supremo, Lord Kerslake, has commented on the decision to add ‘housing’ to Sajid Javid’s job title.

The Chair of Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company said: “In what is the most urgent priority for the Government, I fear it will take a lot more than a name change to tackle the housing crisis in the country, although I do understand the statement of intent by the Prime Minister.

“The challenge is now for the government to radically increase the building of homes of all tenures, including those for social rent, that will really make the difference.”

Lord Kerslake, said Be First will be accelerating the building of homes in Barking and Dagenham.
He said: “Be First will be playing its part to make a difference by helping to deliver 50,000 homes in London’s most affordable borough over the next 20 years.

“Many of these homes will have rents pegged to local pay rates. It shows we’re leading the way in providing a socially inclusive solution to the capital’s housing crisis to make sure no-one is left behind.”