A DEDICATED minister for housing in Scotland has been appointed by the country’s new First Minister, Humza Yousaf.
Paul McLennan, SNP MSP for East Lothian, joins a cabinet comprising ten cabinet secretaries and 18 junior ministers.
Previously, housing was in the wider portfolio of Shona Robison, then Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, now Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance.
Meanwhile, Joe FitzPatrick has been named Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning.
The full cabinet list reads (as announced, here), as follows:
First Minister, Humza Yousaf
Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Elena Whitham
Minister for Independence, Jamie Hepburn
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Shona Robison
Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance, Tom Arthur
Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Joe FitzPatrick
Minister for Parliamentary Business, George Adam
Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson
Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, Jenni Minto
Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Jenny Gilruth
Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, Natalie Don
Minister for Higher and Further Education; and Minister for Veterans, Graeme Dey
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition, Màiri McAllan
Minister for Transport, Kevin Stewart
Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy, Neil Gray
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Richard Lochhead
Minister for Energy, Gillian Martin
Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity (who will also work alongside the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition), Lorna Slater
Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights (who will also work alongside the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice), Patrick Harvie
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon
Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson
Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Christina McKelvie
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Shirley-Anne Somerville
Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees, Emma Roddick
Minister for Housing, Paul McLennan
Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs, Angela Constance
Minister for Victims and Community Safety, Siobhian Brown
Picture credit: Scottish Government
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