Dominic Raab is leaving a disaster to take over a crisis

Dominic Raab and a homeless man

On 9 July, following David Davis’s resignation, Theresa May appointed former housing minister Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary.

He steps from a disaster into a crisis.

A disaster

The government’s Brexit position is in crisis following Davis’s resignation. But Raab’s record suggests he won’t bring stability. Instead, he’s leaving behind a housing department in disarray:

This left shadow housing secretary John Healey shocked at the chaos:

Especially as Raab stated on 28 June that being housing minister is a “heart and soul job”:

What did he do?

Dominic Raab was housing minister from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. During his tenure, the number of children living in temporary accommodation rose to over 123,000. And despite over 100 homeless people dying in the UK since October 2017, there hasn’t been one official review into the deaths.

No wonder people are questioning what Raab actually did as housing minister:

Inside Housing‘s news editor Peter Apps provided a categorical answer:

And others hypothesised over what the outcome of Brexit negotiations will be if Raab channels the same attitude into his new role:

Although the fact that Raab peddled the myth that immigrants increase house prices provides insight as to why he achieved so little:


So the government will soon appoint its eighth housing minister in eight years. No wonder David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, is exasperated:

This government’s housing record is nothing short of disastrous. There were 1.8m council homes in 2009, yet Labour estimates that there will be only 1.4m by 2020. Rough sleeping has increased by 169% since 2010, and homeless deaths have “more than doubled” in the past five years.

Solving the UK’s housing crisis requires long-term planning. It requires years of house building, private-rental reform, welfare reform, and increased funding for mental health and social care services.

Yet the revolving door of housing ministers suggests this government sees the position only as a stepping stone – a place to keep those with ‘potential’ warm for the more ‘important’ roles.

Walk through the streets of any city or town and you will see the heart-breaking effect of this indifference. The streets are thronging with people forced to sleep on benches or in shop doorways.

Raab is walking away from a disaster and taking over a crisis.

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