Today, Monday 13 November 2023, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the major government reshuffle by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Rachel Maclean has been asked to step down as Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the post she has held since 7 February 2023. At the time of her appointment, she was the sixth person in the role within a single year.
RIBA President Muyiwa Oki said: “It’s incredibly frustrating to see another Housing Minister ousted after just 10 months in the job – the 16th in 13 years.
“The Government has to get a grip on this housing crisis – it demands urgent action. We need continuity, the development of a strategic plan and certainty to ensure homes and places are planned, designed and built to meet the needs of current and future communities.
“Architects stand ready to help create high quality, connected, inclusive and accessible, vibrant places where people want to live.”