Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Housing and Homelessness)

Heather Wheeler MP

Biography

Heather Wheeler was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9 January 2018.

She was a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip) from 15 June 2017 to 8 January 2018.

She was Assistant Government Whip from 17 July 2016 to 15 June 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for South Derbyshire in May 2010.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Housing and Homelessness)

The minister is responsible for:

  • Homelessness and rough sleeping
  • Private rented sector
  • Housing Ombudsman and redress
  • Leasehold reform
  • Voluntary right to buy
  • Reform of the home buying process
  • Supported housing
  • Domestic abuse and refuges
  • Minister for Secondary Legislation
  • Member of the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2016 to 2017

Announcements

  1. Online guides will help renters and leaseholders to know their rights
  2. Government publishes key licensing changes to further protect tenants
  3. New boost to rogue landlord crackdown
  4. New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners
  5. £215 million boost for council homelessness services
  6. Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes
  7. Hospitals, prisons and Jobcentres to refer people at risk of homelessness
  8. New tougher electrical safety standards to protect private tenants
  9. Giving young people the vote of confidence by celebrating World War One's inspirational women
  10. New government backed advisory panel commits to help eradicate rough sleeping