Commons committee to quiz Javid over housing policy

Communities secretary Sajid Javid confirmed as due before the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee next month.

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Communities secretary Sajid Javid is due before the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee next month to be quizzed over post-Grenfell housing policy.

Committee chair Clive Betts MP trailored Javid’s appearance  before the committee at the Addressing Homelessness Open Forum event in Manchester yesterday (Sept 19).

Now, the committee has confirmed a high-profile line-up for its first public evidence session on Wednesday, October 11, taking evidence from Javid, housing minister Alok Sharma, minister for local government Marcus Jones and Jake Berry, minister for the Northern Powerhouse.

The committee will question Javid and the ministers on the work of the DCLG since the election, as well as its policy priorities in the new Parliament, including how the government intends to proceed with plans for wider housing policy.

And the committee is also likely to seek an update on the steps the government is taking following the Grenfell disaster, including the review of building and fire safety regulations, support to councils across the country as they carry out necessary remedial work, and future emergency preparedness.

Betts said:  “I am pleased the committee has an early opportunity to question the secretary of state and I’m sure committee members will wish to place a focus on issues arising out of the fire at Grenfell Tower, including the effectiveness of building and fire safety regulations, as well as matters such as funding for local authorities and emergency planning and response issues.

“We will also want to take a wider view of the department’s work on housing and the future of adult social care.”

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