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New housing minister in Wales

Words: Laura Edgar
Rebecca Evans / National Assembly for Wales

UPDATE: As The Planner sent out our Tuesday Newsletter (7 November), North Wales Police announced that Carl Sergeant had been found dead at an address in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.

More on this here on The Planner website.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced a number of changes to his ministerial team, including the appointment of Rebecca Evans as housing minister.

Evans is the Assembly Member for Gower. She was first elected to the Welsh Assembly in 2011, representing Mid and West Wales until 2016.

She was previously the minister for social services and public health at the Welsh Government.

As the housing and regeneration minister, Evans will serve under local government secretary Alun Davies, AM for Blaenau Gwent, the new secretary for local government and public services.

Davies was formerly the minister for lifelong learning and Welsh language.

The reshuffle came following the suspension of Carl Sargeant from the Labour Party after allegations were made about his behaviour. He was the communities secretary.  

According to BBC News, Sargeant had called for an “urgent” investigation by Welsh Labour in order for him to clear his name.

Lesley Griffiths remains at cabinet secretary for energy, planning and rural affairs, while Hannah Blythyn, AM for Delyn, joins the Welsh Government as minister for environment.

Ken Skate stays in his post as secretary for economy and transport.

Jones said: “I am proud to announce my new ministerial team, which provides a balance of experience and stability, with new drive and energy.

“This strong team will drive forward our ambitious plans for Wales – focusing on growing the Welsh economy, creating jobs, supporting our public services and improving the day-to-day lives of the people of Wales.”

Roisin Willmott FRTPI, director of RTPI Cymru, told The Planner: “RTPI Cymru is pleased Lesley Griffiths has retained planning in her portfolio and we welcome the continuity this provides. We also welcome that ‘planning’ is now specifically named within the cabinet secretary’s title, for the first time in Wales. This recognises the important role planning plays in creating a fairer, more prosperous Wales.

"Spatial planning extends beyond this Minister’s portfolio and we look forward to working with other cabinet secretaries and ministers, particularly Ken Skates in economy and transport and Rebecca Evans as minister for housing and regeneration.”

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