MHCLG could be losing its boss to OFCOM – the one who criticised government plans for a £200m taxpayer bailout to fix combustible cladding on private residential towers around England as bad value for money.
Ranked among the UK’s top civil servants, Melanie Dawes has been permanent secretary to MHCLG since 2015.
OFCOM is reported as ready to appoint Dawes, but confirmation will likely have to wait until the general election is over, with a new culture secretary having to approve.
In May this year, Dawes told the Commons Public Accounts Committee that the government was not ready to reach its target of 300,000 new homes by 2025.
She also said the plan of then secretary of state for housing James Brokenshire for that £200m combustible cladding bail-out was bad value for taxpayers’ money.
“The public benefits of the scheme do not outweigh the costs of this transfer…the proposal does not meet the normal tests of value for money,” she said.
It was Dawes who recently confirmed the £95,000 a year ‘remuneration package’ for the new chair of the Homes England board – with its time commitment of two days a week.
The OFCOM role is said to have a starting salary of £315,000.