Renters’ Reform Coalition criticises Housing Minister’s dismissal as disrespectful to renters

The Renters’ Reform Coalition (RRC) has expressed strong criticism over the Government’s decision to sack Rachel Maclean MP as Housing Minister.

As part of a wider reshuffle, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak elected to remove Maclean from her role on the eve of introducing the Renters Reform Bill to Committee. A successor has yet to be confirmed.

Tom Darling, campaign manager of the RRC, said: “Rachel Maclean attended our events and, though we don’t believe the Government are going far enough on rental reform, she was always willing to engage with us – we wish her well for the future.

“It is frankly shambolic that we will now be on to our 16th housing minister since 2010, and incredibly nine just since the Government promised to end no-fault evictions.

“Now, just before the first day of the important committee stage, which involves poring over the detail of the Bill, she is sacked – it makes a mockery of Government and shows a shocking lack of respect for England’s 11 million private renters.

“Hopefully when we arrive for Bill Committee tomorrow morning there will be a Minister there representing the Government.”