Housing minister Alok Sharma has been appointed employment minister at the Department of Work and Pensions.
As prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle entered its second day, Mr Sharma has been moved after seven months in the job, which saw him lead on the social housing green paper.
He has been replaced at the newly named Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government by Dominic Raab, who served as a justice minister in David Cameron’s government, and was elected by MPs to sit on the Commons committee for exiting the European Union.
Local government minister Marcus Jones yesterday departed DHCLG to take up a reportedly unpaid role as a Conservative party vice chair.
Mr Jones was responsible for overseeing local government finance reforms, and played a key role in proposed changes to the provision of supported housing and the homelessness agenda.
It was also confirmed this morning that children’s minister Robert Goodwill has also left his post at the Department for Education. He was appointed in the cabinet reshuffle following the general election in June last year.
Last year Mr Goodwill announced funding of £20m for sector-led improvement in children’s social care and was leading on the implementation of social worker accreditation.